IAS - Power

Power Network Craftsperson

A Power Network Craftsperson has responsibility for the safe construction, maintenance and repair of the UK’s electrical power network, to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the country. This involves working at various locations across a company’s power network.

There are three specialisms within this occupation: working on overhead lines, on underground cables and in substation fitting. This apprenticeship will typically take between 30 and 36 months.

  • Overhead lines: The transmission and distribution overhead lines area involves working predominantly on wood poles and steel tower structures.
  • Underground cables: Undertaking work in excavations at differing depths on underground power cables.
  • Substation fitting: Working in and around substations.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

Within the government published assessment plan there is a list of units within Annex A. Please contact us for copies of these units at enquiries@euias.co.uk.

Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Level 2

Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installation forms a key part of the Smart Government mandate to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy management. Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installers are responsible for the safe installation, exchange, commission, decommission and ongoing maintenance of Smart metering systems. This includes the explanation of how these work and giving up to date energy efficiency advice to the customer. The role is physical in nature, and may involve lifting and moving of equipment, working at heights and working in confined spaces. This occupation entails a high level of safety critical activities whilst working in customer properties. Therefore there is a rigorous requirement for a disciplined, responsible and professional approach to work that provides customer service excellence at all times. This apprenticeship will typically take 14 months.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

When this apprenticeship was designed, employer groups worked together to produce a set of units that can be used in support of the on-programme journey. A summary of these units can be accessed here. If you would like to find out more, please contact us at units@euskills.co.uk.

Electrical Power Protection and Plant Commissioning Engineer Level 4

An Electrical Power Protection and Plant Commissioning Engineer will work across the electrical power sector in Power Generation, Power Transmission and Power Distribution. Working with other engineers, they will install, conduct tests and commission protection systems and prove the integrity of other power system plant & equipment. They will be responsible for testing and commissioning on electrical power projects and ensure that the work is conducted safely and, reliably, meeting customer, quality, time and budget requirements. This apprenticeship will typically take 36 months.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3

  • Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician covers 7 roles:
  • Electrical Technician;
  • Mechanical Technician;
  • Control and Instrumentation Technician;
  • Wind Turbine Technician;
  • Electrical System and Process Control Technicians;
  • Electromechanical Technicians;
  • Plant Operations Technician.

They will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following Industries:

  • the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources;
  • telecommunications power plants;
  • oil and gas refining;
  • nuclear waste reprocessing;
  • processing and production of chemicals;
  • pharmaceuticals; human and animal food;
  • cosmetics;
  • petrochemicals;
  • sewerage;
  • exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.

This apprenticeship will typically take between 36 and 42 months.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.


Electrical Power Network Engineer Level 4

Electrical Power Network Engineer covers 6 roles:

  • Asset Management Engineer,
  • Planning Engineer,
  • Design Engineer,
  • Control Engineer,
  • Electrical Project Engineer,
  • Operational Delivery Engineer.

They work within the power sector with other Engineers, sometimes specialist Engineers, to provide engineering solutions to solve complex electricity network scenarios in order to safely manage electricity supplies in normal and abnormal conditions. Using company/client network strategies, engineers undertake engineering activities to plan, manage, control, construct, replace, maintain and repair assets on the electricity network. They will work in engineering teams that may include Power Networks Craftspersons, senior Engineers and other business specialists, for example procurement, finance and telecommunications engineers.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

Find out more

To find out how the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service can help you, please contact us on enquiries@euias.co.uk. You can also call us on +44 (0) 845 077 99 22, or complete our online enquiry form.