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Control Systems Degree Apprenticeship

Western Power Distribution
Tipton, West Midlands
£21,191 with incremental progression
Closing date
25 Sep 2021

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
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About Us

Keeping the lights on, families warm, communities comfortable and businesses ticking over is a huge responsibility. But it’s one we thrive on. 

Because we’re not only the largest electricity distribution network operator in the UK. We also strive to be the best. 

Individually and all together, working collectively and collaboratively, our 6,500 people are the power behind the network that underpins everyday life. Their passion and purpose are what enable everything we do. 

In return, we put in place the systems and processes, supportive environment, training, rewards and benefits that drive their development and sustain long, rewarding careers. 

Joining us offers you the same empowerment, trust and autonomy to bring your skills and knowledge to work with purpose and passion. And you’ll enjoy the same opportunities for development and strong team ethos. 

Wherever you join us - in whatever role - you’ll find you are supported, trusted and empowered to do your job and do it well, enabled by the latest technology and ways of working. 

If you share our focus and commitment, energy and ambition, and are dedicated to making a difference, we’ll give you the power to succeed.

Western Power Distribution is an equal opportunities employer, a Disability level 1 Employer and a corporate signatory of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) programme. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.

Job Introduction

The Control Systems team are looking for an apprentice who can develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to embark on an exciting career with Western Power. The team are key players in shaping the strategy for becoming a Distribution System Operator.

They are responsible for management, functionality and development of all real time computer systems used to manage the electricity networks. Effective liaison with internal customers and external contractors, at a variety of management levels, is a key part of delivering these services so the ability to communicate clearly and build relationships is also very important.

The role will involve maintaining and updating the control systems and supporting other teams with updating the network along with administration and database management. You will get involved in projects to implement innovation such as low carbon solutions. Of course it is essential to keep our network secure so we also implement and maintain cyber security practices.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to complete and provide a satisfactory basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

Main Responsibilities

  • Have a keen interest in current and new technology, experience in coding, databases and IT systems will help. 
  • Be eager to learn and pro-active with your development
  • Efficient time management and self-organised
  • Work well within a team but also be highly self-sufficient and good at problem solving
  • The majority of the job role is office based but there are opportunities to travel throughout the company and across the UK to gain exposure to all aspects of what we do to succeed.        
  • Be willing to work towards achieving a technology based degree as part of the  apprenticeship.
  • Flexible, intuitive and ready to learn.

The Ideal Candidate

Successful candidate will have at least three A Levels at CCC or above including Mathematics based subject and a STEM subject or equivalent BTECs.

Training will be provided over a period of approximately four years. It will be a mix of on-the-job and formal courses held in our Training Centre at Taunton and other institutions as appropriate. Successful candidates will also be expected to study for and achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree in Digital Technology at Aston University. Annual salary increments will be awarded.

The majority of on-the-job training will take place within local teams, but you will be required to undertake placements at other locations across the WPD service area, so you will need to be flexible and able to travel.

Interviews for this role will take place on 31st August 2021 and 2 September 2021. Please make sure you are available for either of these dates. 

The start date of the apprenticeship is 20 September 2021 and you must be available to start employment on this date to be considered for the apprenticeship.  Please only apply if you are able to commence on this date. The first few weeks of your apprenticeship will be at our Taunton Training School.

To enhance your candidate experience, we recommend using Google Chrome to complete your online application.  Should you have any questions regarding this or require additional support to complete your online application, please email

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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