Alex teams up with National Grid to encourage Stockton North young people in to apply to join the net zero workforce

Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, has teamed up the National Grid to encourage young people to apply for apprenticeships in the energy sector net zero climate sector.

Apprenticeships by National Grid offer opportunities to foster and shape the skills needed for a green energy future through a mix of studying and hands-on experience, transforming the interest young people have in tackling climate change into a reality. Their research shows that the UK energy sector needs to recruit for 400,000 skilled jobs right across the country between now and 2050 to get the UK to net zero.

National Grid are the first apprenticeship provider to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for three consecutive years.

In Stockton-on-Tees almost 48 per cent of young people are leaving education without the level 3 (A-level or BTEC equivalent) skills and qualifications and unemployment among young people in Stockton North is at 11.2 per cent, nearly twice the national average.

Alex said:

“Teesside is fast becoming the home of the Net Zero agenda and it is vital that young people benefit from the jobs and training opportunities that will be created.

“Energy sector apprenticeships are vital to building the workforce that will help the UK tackle climate change. Young people are passionate about this agenda, and these programmes provide a great opportunity to be part of the generation finding solutions and delivering on climate ambitions at a critical time in the UK’s path to net zero.

“Through a mix of studying at university and practical training at National Grid’s facilities, they can explore different roles and develop their skills in a range of areas. I’d recommend anyone looking for their next step to be in a meaningful role that can help achieve a greener future, apply today.”

Jade Kimpton, National Grid Apprentice said:

“I’m on the National Grid Level 4 higher apprenticeship, training to become a substation engineer. This programme provides on-the-field experience working on substation equipment, includes a range of training opportunities and I will also gain a Foundation degree in Electrical Power engineering. For anyone that’s thinking about applying, my advice is go for it and explore all the options available. Whether your preference is hands-on and practical, or more office based, there’s an apprenticeship in the energy sector for everyone.”

The deadline for apprenticeship programmes is 27 February 2022.