E.ON has launched its
The Academy, which is open to all applicants from across the power and engineering industry, is designed to give practical training by combining technical and operational skills from entry level to foundation degree.
The initiative currently supports 220 E.ON apprentices and 288 young people from other local and national companies.
Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON UK, said: ‘As a company and as an industry we face ever-changing challenges with regards to climate, generating power more efficiently and the need to keep the lights on, and our engineers need an innovative approach to creating the power supply solutions for our future.
‘Our Engineering Academy provides training, qualifications and career development to craft, technicians and engineers, and will enable us to meet the professional development needs of power engineers across the country.
‘To help us offer the very best technical, business and leadership skills, we’re working with universities and colleges across the
E.ON has also joined with
These efforts are hoped to overcome the skills shortage, with industry estimates predicting that 9,000 new employees will be needed in the
John Denham, secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, said: ‘It’s great that E.ON is making such a commitment to equipping its workforce with the skills needed to compete and innovate for the jobs of the future. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep on investing in skills so that businesses can benefit when the upturn comes.
‘We are simplifying the skills system so that it better meets the demands of employers and will continue to invest in skills. Other businesses should follow E.ON’s example and continue to invest in training.’