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**Applications for our 2018 Engineering Development Programme are now open. Applications close on 31st July 2018. Apply today!**

Discover what makes this structured training and development programme so special.

What’s it all about?

The Engineering Development Programme (EDP) is a structured training programme designed to give you the skills and experience required to become a qualified field engineer.

A field engineer is someone who is competent and qualified to supervise on-site electrical work on the distribution network – and that’s what you’ll be working towards on this programme. After successfully completing your EDP, you’ll have the opportunity to put your new skills to use liaising with customers, Networks Operations and Control, and Network Planning. It’s a role that comes with plenty of responsibility, as you’ll also be supervising field staff and contractors too.

Who is it for?

The ultimate aim of the Engineering Development Programme is to take hardworking, enthusiastic business-focussed individuals and, through a bespoke training programme to enable them to become professional power distribution engineers working on our public and private networks.

As such, you’ll need to have completed an ONC or HNC already, and have some previous work experience, preferably in a relevant sector or role.

The structure of the programme

The programme will provide you with a highly-structured set of learning experiences throughout all parts of UK Power Networks. Your training will be delivered through a combination of hands-on and off-the-job sessions.

When you initially join the EDP, you’ll receive an induction to introduce you to UK Power Networks and a range of activities and workshops that will help you better understand your role as a trainee with us.

Once the induction is completed, your time will be split between off- and on-the-job learning sessions and experience.

  • On-the-job learning will be delivered through a placement. During this placement, you will be expected to develop an all-round understanding of engineering and business practices, as well as build some key business skills and competencies. The placement is also there to give you the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience.
  • Off-the-job learning will be delivered via the following channels:
    • Studying for a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, to include power distribution elements
    • The completion of a work-based project
    • Off-the-job training at selected development workshops and courses

We’ll also expect you to take responsibility for your own growth by looking out for learning opportunities and being proactive in developing your talents.

On average, the EDP takes two-and-a-half years to complete.

What support will I receive?

You’ll benefit from close liaison with an operational coach who is a qualified engineer, along with general mentoring from the Training Programme team. Planned reviews will provide opportunities for you to focus on specific objectives and provide an opportunity to evaluate your performance.