APPRENTICE FACT SHEET
Year 1 £10,959
Year 2 £12,381
This is paid monthly on the 26th of every month by credit transfer to a bank or building society
On satisfactory completion of the formal elements of the training, you will move into a development
role with an experienced craftsperson. In this role, you will be paid £22,363.
You will be regularly assessed for competence while in this development role and once assessed to be
competent, you will be appointed as a Craftsperson at a salary of £25,750 with annual incremental
progression based on satisfactory performance up to £28,639. It is likely that you will also be
required to undertake out of hours standby duties for which standby payments and overtime rates will
The apprentice will be entitled to 23 days per annum, plus 1 extra day after two years’ continuous
service and rising to 26 days on appointment to Craftsperson. Your holiday year will run from the
first day of the month in which your birth date falls.
If you are absent from work owing to illness, you will be paid a sickness allowance subject to the
conditions of the company sick pay scheme.
Hours of Work
Normal hours of work will average 37 per week.
Since this is a Training Scheme, you will be required to undertake a significant amount of unpaid
study and work in your own time but if there is an operational requirement for you to work overtime
at your depot you will be paid at the appropriate premium rate.
Details relating to the Company's pension scheme will be provided to new entrants when joining the
Successful candidates will start on 13th August 2012, 28th August 2012 or 17th September 2012.
Meals: While working at your home depot, you are normally expected to meet the cost of
providing meals for your consumption during normal working hours. Any additional meals
required outside of normal hours will be reimbursed upon production of receipts. While
attending Taunton Training Centre all meals will be provided free-of-charge
Absence Overnight: Whenever you are required, at the Company’s discretion, to be away
overnight, you will be provided with accommodation which will be paid for by the Company.
During the apprenticeship, this will normally be provided with local landladies or a hotel.
Travelling: When you are required to travel to and from a place of work to the Taunton or
Tipton Training Centre your Manager will determine the means of travel. You will either
have transport provided by the Company or, alternatively, you will be reimbursed by the
Company on the basis of public transport costs.
Training Courses: Employees required to attend training courses will be treated in
accordance with arrangements as described above.
We require you to have, or expect to attain, at least five GCSE Grade C’s or above exam results,
including Maths, English and at least one science subject, or to have equivalent recognised
qualifications in relevant subjects such as mechanical or electrical engineering.
It is not normally required that our staff are able to speak or understand the Welsh language, but any
Grade C or above GCSE qualification in Welsh will be counted as part of the five required
Please note that we do not consider that Level 2 NVQ or Key Skills qualifications provide adequate
academic experience to count towards these entry requirements.
Qualifications Gained On Completion of Training
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will have gained a City & Guilds 2339
Certificate in Electrical Technology Engineering.
City and Guilds Open Learning
Throughout the two years of the City and Guilds course, you will be expected to undertake open
learning. This involves 10 days tutorials and various courses each year that will be held at our
Training Centre in Taunton or Tipton. The rest of the course will be spent working in your own time
with the help of a Mentor and Manchester Open Learning Help Line. There will be constant
feedback. Any manuals required will be provided free-of-charge to the students within the course.
This appointment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained.
If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to bring proof, in the form of original certificates,
with you to the interview to show that you have gained all of the qualifications that you have stated
on your application form.
In the case of predicted grades, you will be required to provide formal evidence of the grades you
achieve as soon as possible after you receive them.
There is no need to provide details of ‘spent’ convictions.
Smoking at Work
Western Power Distribution operates a no smoking policy in all depots, offices and Company
vehicles. Our Training Centres at Taunton and Tipton are No Smoking sites.
As an employee of Western Power Distribution, any tools, personal protective clothing and safety
equipment (PPE) will be issued to you free-of-charge.