Apprentice training – what ‘great’ really looks like!

Uniper’s Engineering Academy had a fantastic turnout for the cross-industry apprenticeship delivery event, sponsored by Z-Tech.

More than 45 people from various industries and three different water regions came together to see how the power industry delivers apprenticeship training at the Uniper Engineering Academy, Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

The event highlighted the recent introduction of the new apprenticeship levy, explained in detail by Louise Barlow of the Education & Skills funding Agency (ESFA).  This was followed by a tour of the Academy’s training facilities which include electrical, control & instrumentation and mechanical workshops, a live 11kV high voltage training network and power station simulators for operators to practice on.

Jon Marks, Z-Tech’s Labour Business Unit Manager said:

“Z-Tech have a number of apprentices at Uniper’s Engineering Academy as we believe that the facilities are some of the very best in the country.

“We helped to organise this event as my area of the business supplies Z-Tech technicians for water and power companies to supplement their staffing levels and there is a national shortage of instrumentation and control technicians.

“We need to support our ‘home grown’ talent and have done this in a number of ways, from becoming a Technical Partner for the Peterborough UTC, through to helping to train lecturers on current technologies.”

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"The customer focus and flexibility of Z-Tech makes it easy for a water utility to deal with. When we have a large and complex programme to deliver, planning every detail can be a challenge. Working with Z-Tech means that we can maintain delivery, knowing that resources are available to pick up the loose ends."

Jim Grandison, Thames Water

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