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Welsh MP highlights opportunities to join the clean energy workforce

Jonathan Edwards

JONATHAN EDWARDS MP has been highlighting apprenticeship roles that could help transform the UK energy sector to people in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr.

The programmes are run by National Grid, the owner of the electricity transmission network in England and Wales. Their research shows that the UK energy sector needs to recruit for 400,000 jobs right across the country between now and 2050 to achieve the UK’s net zero target.

Apprentices will be key to filling these roles which will include connecting low carbon sources of energy to the network; preparing for the wide-spread roll out of electric vehicles and low-carbon heat; and innovating across new technologies needed for an increasingly flexible energy system. National Grid is currently looking to hire for their apprenticeship programmes which offer opportunities to foster and shape the skills needed for a secure, affordable and clean energy future through a mix of studying and hands-on experience.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Energy sector apprenticeships can enable young people to become part of the generation delivering the UK’s clean energy transition. Through a mix of studying at university and practical training at National Grid’s facilities, apprentices can develop life-long skills and kickstart a meaningful career.

“I encourage anyone looking for a job that will provide on-going training and development, and contribute to creating a secure, affordable and clean energy future, to explore these schemes today.”

Jade Kimpton, National Grid Apprentice said: “There’s never been a more critical time to join the energy sector and be part of the clean energy transition. We’re in a transformational era focused on bringing more renewables onto the grid that will cut carbon emissions, bring down bills and improve security of supply – and in the years ahead we’ll need more people with different experiences to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy.

National Grid is the first apprenticeship provider to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for three consecutive years.

The deadline for apprenticeship programmes is 26 February 2023.