UK Power Networks

Company Overview

UK Power Networks is Britain’s largest power network, responsible for delivering electricity to 7.8 million homes and businesses in London, the South East and the East of England.

We are a distribution company that operates and maintains the networks that deliver power, using 170,000 kilometres of underground cables and overhead lines, and 130,000 substations. We serve an area of 29,165 square kilometres, from The Wash in the East to the River Arun on the South Coast.

Career Development


Our Foundation Apprenticeship Programme combines experience and training.

You’ll accompany experienced staff to learn your craft on the job, consolidating your skills, knowledge and experience through ‘real time’ working on the network. You’ll also earn industry recognised qualifications.

The first phase of the training will be predominantly residential (Monday to Friday) at one of our training centres. This lasts approximately 12 months.

By the end of the Apprenticeship programme you will have learnt and gained the necessary experience to become a fully qualified craftsperson and achieve a nationally recognised Apprenticeship framework.

The programme takes three years to complete.

Trainee Engineers

The Engineering Development Programme (EDP) is a structured training programme designed to give you the skills and experience required to become a qualified field engineer. As such, you’ll need to have completed an ONC or HNC and have some previous work experience, preferably in a relevant sector.

The ultimate aim of the EDP is to take hard-working, enthusiastic, business-focussed individuals and, through a bespoke training programme, enable them to become professional power distribution engineers working on our public and private networks.

After successfully completing your EDP, you’ll have the opportunity to put your new skills to use liaising with customers, Networks Operations and Control, and Network Planning. It’s a role that comes with plenty of responsibility, as you’ll also be supervising field staff and contractors too.


Our Powering Placements are for students looking for a year in industry between their second and third year of university. They last between 10 and 12 months.

Our summer internships are open to university students from all year groups who wish to gain some experience for 10 to 12 weeks over the summer holidays.

Our vacancies for these two programmes would be perfect for students in:

Engineering with at least an electrical module
Business, law or students with a strong business acumen

All our programmes include a combination of hands-on and classroom training relevant to the position. You will also receive support from a mentor (a senior engineer or business manager) and a buddy (an ex-graduate) to help you gain experience and achieve the objectives of your placement.

Your placements will be in one of our three licence areas covering the East of England, the South East and London.


We offer a graduate engineering programme and a business graduate programme.

Our Institute of Engineering and Technology-accredited Graduate Engineering Programme is designed to help you develop the skills you need to progress. It provides the stepping stones to become a Chartered Engineer. The programme will add to your all-round understanding of engineering and our various business practices while giving you first-hand experience.

Our Business Graduate Programme is designed to help you develop the skills you need to become a business management professional in the power distribution industry. The programme will develop your all-round understanding of business and commercial management while giving you first-hand experience.

If you are looking to apply to the graduate recruitment programme at UK Power Networks, this video offers some tips to help you with your application >

Experienced Candidates

Our people are central to our business, and we recognise the need to attract, recruit and retain high performing employees with the potential, skills and experience necessary for the continued growth of our organisation.

We recruit experienced candidates from all job functions – visit our website for current vacancies.

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