On Tuesday the 30th of October, Search Consultancy’s Energy division will be at the House of Lords to mark the 500th utility sector apprentice to graduate through the end point and assessment body, Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS).
The Energy & Utilities Apprentice celebration will bring together many of the key figures responsible for enabling this milestone within the new English apprenticeship policy reforms. The event will also recognise the achievements of those who have committed to deliver high quality apprenticeships and, most importantly, the creation of unique life opportunities for individuals.
It comes just as Search Consultancy in partnership with Siemens and the Universal Skills Group have successfully trained and upskilled over 200 apprentices through the Trailblazers Apprenticeship programme, who have since graduated and gone on to secure permanent positions at Search Consultancy on an outsourcing contract providing Smart Metering resources to global energy sector supplier, Siemens.
As part of the EU’s commitment to reduce the impacts of climate change, the UK government introduced a rollout that requires energy suppliers to install smart meters in every home in England, Wales and Scotland by 2020. However, the shortage of smart meter engineers in the UK stood as a formidable barrier to suppliers aiming to reach the target.
“It was for this reason that we, in partnership with Siemens and the Universal Skills Group launched the Trailblazers apprenticeship scheme,” says Paul Mumford, Associate Director for Energy & Outsourcing Solutions at Search Consultancy. The programme was initially introduced and piloted in October 2016 across Siemens, when the company had its first intake of 24 apprentices.
“Our smart metering workforce across Siemens has grown substantially since then, with over 75 percent of that growth directly attributed to the Trailblazers apprenticeship programme. Through our partnership with the Universal Skills Group and Siemens in delivering Trailblazers, we successfully grew the workforce from 100 to a peak of nearly 350 Smart Meter Engineers over the course of last year,” he adds.
By changing the focus to trainees, the leading staffing and resource solution company along with its training partners continue to train individuals to industry competency, after which these apprentices go on to become qualified members of the workforce.
“This has not only been beneficial to Siemens as a business, but also to the volumes of apprentices who have undergone our training and have been upskilled as a result.”
“Many of the apprentices we took on had no formal qualifications prior to joining Trailblazers. Since graduation, they have not only secured employment within a leading business, but are now earning significantly higher salaries than they would have otherwise been earning had they not undergone the Trailblazers Apprenticeship. “
“The feedback we have received from candidates has been tremendous, and I’m delighted that the programme has had such a positive impact for both businesses and employees alike. It is my sincere hope that this model is introduced to other sectors which currently face a shortfall of talent,” he concluded.
If you'd like to apply to join our Trailblazers Apprenticeship programme, you can contact Paul Mumford by:
Phone: 0161 835 8665