National Grid-Eakring Training Centre
A highly skilled workforce –expert training in the energy industry
- National Grid’s Training Centre, in Eakring, north of Nottingham, has a crucial role in providing expert training across the energy industry. From electricity overhead lines to virtual reality suites, the centre provides a comprehensive range of technical and leadership development programmes.
- The centre also manages the training for National Grid’s Gas Transmission business through a specialist gas skills facility.
- It has 45 fully equipped training rooms, a learning resource centre, four specialist practical training workshops and accommodation for the trainees.
- Nearly £10 million is being spent on extending and improving facilities and includes a workshop and switchgear centre.
Advanced apprentice Carla Amers has combined her on the-job learning with structured training modules at Eakring. Carla’s work involves maintenance of the high voltage switchgear in National Grid’s transmission network. She is now studying for a two year part time Electrical Power Engineering Foundation Degree at Aston University.
Carla said: “The training facilities used throughout my apprenticeship were really good and gave a true representation of the equipment and substation environment I would be working in. I enjoyed my apprenticeship and it’s given me a solid foundation to progress in my career.”