Preston teenager on learning his trade as apprentice engineer

Posted on - 3rd March, 2014 - 2:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News
Alastair Smith has started at Electricity North West

Alastair Smith has started at Electricity North West

A young Preston engineer has spoken out about the value of apprenticeships.


Alastair Smith, who is on an apprenticeship with Electricity North West, spoke ahead of Natural Apprenticeship Week.

The 17-year-old said: “I enjoy the variety of work and the people. Everyone is very helpful and it’s a great atmosphere to work in.

“I applied because I wanted to learn a trade while earning at the same time and I’m hoping to move to a full time role at Electricity North West.”

Electricity North West who keep the lights on across the North West has been running its apprentice scheme for seven years.

Its current chief executive is himself a school-leaver who learned the trade.

Steve Johnson said: “We have a responsibility to the next generation to create opportunities and also to our customers across the North West to keep their lights on for years to come.

“I started my career as a trainee engineer, joining the industry straight from school so I understand the importance of apprenticeship schemes and the endless prospects they can provide.

“It’s an exciting time to be an apprentice with Electricity North West as we approach the final year of our five-year £1.4bn investment plan and plan for another £2bn of investment in the region up to 2023. Our apprentices are the ones who will help us deliver that.”

Apprentices on the job

Apprentices on the job

Electricity North West is currently searching for new apprentices for its 2014 apprenticeship scheme. The deadline for applications for the three-year scheme is Friday 7th March. For more information and to apply visit

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