School Leaver Opportunities

The energy and utilities sector is extremely varied, with all kinds of exciting industries and roles. You’ll enjoy job security, great career development and exceptional training. No two days will ever be the same, and you can help spearhead innovation at a crucial time for the UK’s energy security.

But what path should you take? And where do you start?

For an apprenticeship, you’ll need at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above

For engineering roles, you need to be good at science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

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Be ready to work on ground-breaking projects – in all weathers

Commercial roles, such as customer service, are available too 


If you want training and work experience, a traineeship could be the answer. They can prepare you for work or lead to other great opportunities. Traineeships are structured and can take anything from six weeks to six months to complete. By the end, you will be prepared for the world of work and have something really meaningful to add to your CV. You’ll also gain the confidence to take the next step in your career. And you will be in a great position to compete for an exciting apprenticeship or entry-level job.

There are three core elements to a traineeship:

  1. A high-quality work experience placement where you can learn what’s expected of you in the work place.
  2. Flexible training to help you develop the skills for a future job
  3. Support with core subjects such as English and Maths, if you need it.

Traineeship schemes are government-sponsored. You can only apply if: you are eligible to work in England; unemployed, with little or no work experience; and between 16 and 24 years old.

With a vocational qualification (e.g. NVQ), you can apply for an advanced Apprenticeship

After training, you’ll observe real-life situations and build a portfolio of practical experience


Apprenticeships give you the chance to gain invaluable experience and study towards nationally recognised qualifications – all while earning a salary. Apprenticeships are offered by some of the most innovative and forward thinking companies around. That means you’ll get incredible experience as you develop a broad array of skills. 

This is how it works. Over the course of the apprenticeship (up to four years), you’ll learn both in the classroom and in a hands-on job. There’ll be all kinds of ground-breaking projects to tackle – perhaps helping to build wind farms or roll out smart electricity meters. These kinds of projects demand a reasonable level of physical fitness. Rest assured, you’ll have support at every stage from a personal mentor.

Make no mistake, being an apprentice is hard work. But it’s also rewarding. And it’s a great launch pad for a rewarding career in an industry that really matters. 

For more information, take a look at the many hints and tips in the downloadable resources available on this page or follow the links in the related links section.

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