Electricity network operator Western Power Distributionis looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals to join its ranks as part of its 2017 apprenticeship recruitment campaign.

WPD owns and operates the electricity distribution network, providing power around the clock to homes and businesses across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales.

Theresa McConville, WPD’s engineering training manager, said: “We’re looking to recruit around 89 technical apprentices as part of our ongoing recruitment strategy, with 19 of those posts being based in the Wales area.

“Our apprentices have the opportunity to work towards an industry-specific qualification while gaining hands on experience at a local depot. Our in house training facilities are second to none and give individuals the opportunity to take their first step into a highly rewarding career with great future prospects,” she said.

Apprenticeships take two to three years to complete and applicants can expect an excellent range of benefits including competitive salary rates and in-depth training and development.

On completion, apprentices progress into a qualified Craftsperson role working on either overhead lines, the underground cable network or maintaining equipment in substations. The role would suit individuals who enjoy working outdoors and would relish the challenge of a hands-on practical job.

WPD employs more than 6,500 employees.