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Energy employs over 2,100 apprentices

Energy has once again stepped up its investment in the next generation joining the industry. There has been an increase in the intake of apprentices to 2,160 since 2011. This week marks the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week and energy suppliers are committed to continuing their investment in the future of the energy industry by hiring more trainees.

The industry directly employs over 131,000 people across the UK and supports a total 680,000 jobs nationwide. The apprenticeship schemes provide paid work placements to those wanting to start a career in the energy industry. They give the opportunity to gain qualifications and work in a rewarding and exciting sector.  
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK said:
“Energy is a growing sector, employing hundreds of thousands of people, contributing billions to the economy and giving new skills to thousands of apprentices. An energy apprenticeship is a wonderful chance for young people to gain new experiences, qualifications as well as build a long and vibrant career.
“These apprenticeships tend to be between two and five years long, giving trainees the chance to develop specialist skills and knowledge needed in the sector while being fully supported to become confident in their individual role.”
Notes for editors
Apprenticeship Week runs from 9 March to 13 March. For more information visit the Apprenticeship week website.
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