Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution owns and operates the electricity distribution system in the Midlands, the South West of England and South Wales. This system consists of underground cables, overhead lines and substations operating at voltages from 132,000 volts down to 230 volts and feeds over 7 million customers.

We are looking for people to train through the WPD Technical Apprenticeship Scheme to become Craftspeople throughout the Midlands, South West and South Wales, with excellent career and development prospects.

Case Studies

  • Name: Karl Randell
  • Role: Apprentice Electrical Fitter
  • Joined: September 2011

Karl has just completed the first year of his apprenticeship, working as part of a 25-man Swansea Plant team. Karl, aged 20, joined WPD after completing his ‘A’ Levels. His training will take two-and-a-half years to complete, by which time he will be qualified and competent in Electrical Fitting.

Training & Profiles

Course information
The core training lasts for a minimum of two years, depending on progress, during which you will be required to pass your City & Guilds 2339 Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Electrical Technology Engineering exams through Manchester Open Learning and complete our Technical Apprenticeship Record (TAR) Portfolio.

Most of the WPD training will be ‘on-job’ in a local depot with established Craftspeople, but a significant proportion will involve the apprentice attending formal training courses at either of our purpose built Training Centres at Taunton, Somerset and Tipton, West Midlands. A small number of courses could take place at our Plant Centres at Cwmbran and Huthwaite, Notts.

Application Procedure

Please refer to our website.

Entry requirements
We require you to have, or expect to attain, at least five GCSE Grade C’s or above. You must have a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths, English Language and one Science subject, or have an equivalent Level 3 recognised qualification in electrical engineering.

Please note that we do not consider that Level 1 or Level 2 NVQ or Key Skills or Functional Skills qualifications provide adequate academic experience to count towards these entry requirements, therefore these will not be accepted, nor will they considered to count towards a higher GCSE Grade.