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Smith Brothers invests in Yorkshire’s future talent with search for duo of apprentices

A Yorkshire-headquartered high-voltage electrical engineering firm has pledged its investment in the region’s future, with the recruitment of two apprentice cable jointers into its Elland base.

An attractive ‘earn while you learn’ package will see Smith Brothers provide vital hands-on experience to the trainees, which will be dovetailed by a two-year City & Guilds academic course and three years with Utility and Construction Training (UCT).

Candidates will be given the opportunity to work on large-scale electrical engineering projects in the high-voltage, renewables, and energy storage sectors – across a client roster which includes Saint Gobain Glass, Yorkshire Water, Arlington Energy, and Lightsource BP.

“Our apprenticeship scheme is designed to offer people a job for life,” explained Richard Smith, co-founder of Smith Brothers. “As an employer, it’s our responsibility to support the ambitions of those in our sector and region, and such a qualification equips graduates with a ready-made, lifelong career – anywhere in the world.”

The annual apprenticeship scheme is not solely reserved for school-leavers though, as Richard continued: “We take apprentices of all ages because we believe that everyone deserves a chance. Some of the best engineers left school and went straight into a labouring job, but years later, they might be keen to back up that practical experience with a formal qualification.”

The current intake is the second in as many years for Smith Brothers, with trio of trainee fitters, including Rory Sharp, Cameron Galbraith, and Bronson Taylor now almost 12 months into their courses, having joined the scheme in September 2021.

As part of the programme, trainees will spend one month per year at the training centre, 9-10 months on site with Smith Brothers, and the remaining time focused on completing the City and Guilds academic requirements.

Role specifics can be found here, and entries will close on June 30 with interviews taking place throughout July and offers to be made by the end of that month. The programme will start in Autumn 2022.

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The Smith Brothers Apprentice Programme typically lasts three years, and is approved under Energy & Utility Skills to meet registration requirements. The following qualifications are attained through this apprenticeship: • Technical Certificate C&G 2304-17 in electrical Power Engineering Level 2 • SHEA Power (EUSR) • Basic Electrical Safety Competence (BESC/EU) • Power Network Craftsperson Level 3 Smith Brothers Contracting LTD is a large, turnkey electrical contractor with offices in the UK and Ireland. Boasting over 20 years’ experience, the firm has worked on a vast portfolio of projects throughout the UK and overseas, both as an ICP and EPC contractor on schemes up to 132kV. Issued on behalf of Smith Brothers Contracting by Scriba PR. For more information, alternate images or to request an interview, please contact Ruth Harrison-Davies (01484 489 333 / [email protected]).

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