23 Best Renewable Energy Apprenticeships

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Awareness of the Renewable Energy and the attraction to being able to work in the sector is on the rise. However, google “renewable energy apprenticeships” and they are pretty difficult to find if you don’t know where to look for. We have put together a list of tops one available with further detail provided for a number of them.

Have a look through the list, have a look in more details at the ones that interest you, watch the associated YouTube videos and then check out the list of where to find roles at the bottom on the article.

The list of top 23 Renewable Energy Apprenticeships is:

  1. Developer Tribe Apprenticeship – E.On – Coventry

  2. Apprentice Heating Engineer – Worcester Renewables Ltd – Worcester

  3. Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeships – EDF Energy – Somerset

  4. Nuclear Business Apprenticeship – EDF Energy – Bridgewater

  5. Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship – EDF Energy – various

  6. Community Energy Specialist – Various

  7. Business Administration – AWE - Aldermaston

  8. Civil Engineering Degree – AWE - Aldermaston

  9. Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Degree – AWE - Aldermaston

  10. Infrastructure Technician – AWE - Aldermaston

  11. Lab Technicians – AWE - Aldermaston

  12. Quality Inspectors – AWE - Aldermaston

  13. Precision Machining – AWE - Aldermaston

  14. Mechanical Maintenance – AWE - Aldermaston

  15. Control and Instrumentation – AWE - Aldermaston

  16. Technical Author – AWE - Aldermaston

  17. Project Controls – AWE - Aldermaston

  18. Manufacturing Engineering Degree – AWE - Aldermaston

  19. Nuclear Engineer Degree – AWE - Aldermaston

  20. Electronic Maintenance – AWE - Aldermaston

  21. Electrical Maintenance – AWE - Aldermaston

  22. Mechatronics – AWE – Aldermaston

  23. Wind Technician Apprenticeship Training scheme – Various

Developer Tribe Apprenticeship – E.On

The first jobs we are highlighting is from E.On who are looking for someone to take on the role of Developer Tribe Apprenticeship. Here’s what they have to say about the role; we have summarised it for you below.

Here's what you'll be doing

Do you have a passion for customer service?

Why not join the E.On Apprentice Scheme that offers great opportunities, if you want to embark on an interesting career with a company that has our customers at the heart of everything they do.

The E.On Developer Tribe exists to deliver an exceptional experience for home developers from first contact right through to residential hand off, making every step as simple and stress free as possible.

You'll work with customers throughout their journey starting from the beginning of the blueprint, to their house being sold. However, your role doesn't stop there as you'll then work with the E.On internal teams to transfer this account to the new owner.

Above all, you'll be there for our customers to be on hand, when they need us and look to always find the right solution for them.

What will you learn on the scheme?

  • How to provide a first-class service support to our developers.

  • Be able to deal with complex accounts.

  • Ability to adapt and change to working priorities to meet the needs of the business.

  • Dealing with phone, email and written correspondence to keep providing our great levels of customer service.

  • You'll develop the skills you need for the job as well as gaining a thorough understanding of our wider Customer Operations business.

  • Dealing with a range of stakeholders both internally and externally and support them with their needs.

Here's what else you need to know

The Apprenticeship itself will earn £14,420 a year starting salary with an opportunity to progress to £17,510.

Not only will you be gaining valuable experience with a leading energy company, you will work towards achieving a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Standard, equivalent to 2 "A" Levels. This in turn could lead to a full time.

It will last a minimum of 15 months and will see you based in our Coventry Office.

You will be working with some of the best people in the business, so you'll be very well placed to progress with us once the apprenticeship comes to an end.

For those who complete the Apprenticeship there will be an opportunity to take up a permanent, full time role within E.ON, with the additional opportunity to carry on studying for more qualifications whilst earning a very competitive salary.

Due to the nature of the roles a Criminal Record Check will be required.

E.ON is committed to equal opportunities and actively promotes diversity, equality and flexibility.”

Apprentice Heating Engineer – Worcester Renewables Ltd

The second of the jobs that we have highlighted is from Worcester Renewables Ltd who are looking for an Apprentice Heating Engineer. Which is a great opportunity for a hardworking and enthusiastic individual to learn all aspects about renewable heating.

You will experience all aspects of renewable heating and energy and be part of a dynamically growing team. Ideally you will already have NVQ Level 2 and hold a driving licence before applying for the and will be rewarded with a salary of between £21,513.00 to £48,400.00 per year with benefits.

Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship – EDF Energy

The next couple of roles are from EDF Energy being their Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship schemes which will require you to have;

  • Five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading structure), National 5 or equivalent, including maths, English and two science or technical subjects

  • You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects

  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

  • Willingness to relocate as required

The Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme that focuses on skills required to maintain their power stations. As well as the technical side, they’ll help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of EDF power stations. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate, you’ll also have attained a BTEC Level 3, with the potential for further education such as a HNC.

The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the National College for Nuclear, delivered through Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset. During this time you’ll undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.

You could find that the work will give you the opportunities to further you career in that at the end of your apprenticeship the doors will open to the larger EDF Energy organisation. If you want to progress up the career ladder, you can take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader. Or you can choose the technical route and take your first steps towards becoming an engineer. With hard work, there really are no limits to how far you can go – not just within EDF Energy, but within the worldwide EDF Group.

Nuclear Business Apprenticeship – EDF Energy

Moving on to the next one and although we are the first to say that Nuclear Energy is not Renewable…yet we wanted to include this role as if you are interested in getting into renewables the nuclear industry, as clean energy is definitely worth a look.

The EDF Nuclear Business Apprenticeship is build the foundation for an incredible career in Supply Chain by joining the Nuclear Business Apprenticeship. Based at the EDF Hinkley Point B power station in Somerset you’ll spend 2 years learning from the team, getting valuable practical experience and studying for a recognised qualification.

During the apprenticeship you can expect on-the-job training, formal classroom learning and practical experience as part of ‘Team Hinkley’ which will give you the confidence and satisfaction of being part of a successful forward-looking team, focused on safety and quality to support plant operations.

On site at Hinkley Point B you’ll complete a number of short assignments to provide an appreciation of the main supply chain functions and, with their support, you’ll also study for a Warehousing and Storage Level 2 Apprenticeship on day release at Weston College.

This apprenticeship provides the foundation knowledge, skills and experience for the role of Supply Chain Warehouse Operative. Warehouse Operatives communicate with a wide range of employees and contract partners. They have a passion to meet customers’ expectations by providing a quality service with the supply and delivery of parts to ensure the plant continually operates to generate electricity safely and reliably to the national grid.

You will require;

  • You'll need to have English & Maths GCSEs Grade 4 or above

  • You might have some administration experience

  • You'll have enthusiasm for the nuclear industry

  • You'll be self-motivated with a desire to learn and develop

  • You'll have the ability to work in a team and independently, as well as being able to balance the responsibilities of study and work

  • You'll also be able to engage people at all levels, with good communication skills

The completion of the Nuclear Business Apprenticeship is just the first step in a career within EDF Energy. At the end of a successful apprenticeship you’ll move into a permanent role in the Supply Chain team and within one year of completion of the programme you’ll be applying the skills and knowledge you’ve gained as you build your career at EDF Energy.

In the future you could study for Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply qualifications, beginning with the Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations.

Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship – EDF Energy

EDF Energy also recruit Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship. EDF Energy are big on supporting people as they set out on their career. Over four years, you’ll learn from experts, gaining valuable experience while studying for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can't get on campus.

You will be expected to already have;

  • 102 UCAS points - ideally three A-Levels (at grade C or above), including maths and a science subject or a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a strong mathematical element

  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry

  • Clear ambition to develop an a career within EDF Energy

  • Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team

What you will gain from the apprenticeship is Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have both academic qualifications and years of experience within EDF Energy. That means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career.

Community Energy Specialist

Helping communities work together to reduce energy use and costs. Promoting energy efficient heating.

“Community energy” is an all-encompassing term for people coming to together to reduce energy use and purchase, manage and generate low carbon heat and power. Community energy projects are often delivered collectively, with a focus on engagement, local leadership and strong positive local community outcomes. There are now around 5000 of these community groups UK-wide which often have distinct, specific localised goals with an overarching benefit of tackling climate change, energy security and the affordability of energy.

You will gain an understanding of Technology, Energy efficiency, National and local grids, Legislation, guidance and policy, Financial support and Project management. And create Skills in Community and corporate engagement: Leadership: Negotiation: Communication: Public speaking: Project management: and Risk management: Financial management: Project funding: Site and building evaluation: Report writing: Data analysis and Problem solving: Administration: ICT skills: and gain good Behaviours in Commitment: Empathy: Teamwork: Personal accountability: Conscientious and meticulous: Adaptability: Flexibility:

The length of this apprenticeship will usually be a minimum of 24 months and there are no prerequisite qualifications for this apprenticeship, although apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. Individual employers may also have entry requirements in place for roles offered in addition to those specified in this document.

AWE Apprenticeships

AWE have numerous Apprenticeships that are listed above and are proud to have one of the top 100 apprenticeships in the UK. They have a variety of apprenticeships which cover all areas of the AWE business, from electrical maintenance and business administration to radiation protection and finance.

An apprenticeship with AWE will give you on-the-job training and hands-on experience of working in a business. They’ll also support you to gain a professional qualification through approved, apprenticeship-standard structured college learning. In addition, you’ll take on of stretching challenges, working on projects that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whatever your skills or passion, you’ll discover that one of the big benefits of an AWE apprenticeship is direction. Throughout the programme, you’ll receive regular feedback and coaching, while experts in your chosen field will be on hand to advise, support and help you to realise your potential. They’ll work with you to map out your path (or paths) at AWE, so you can start looking ahead. From there, an AWE career is whatever you make it.

Wind Technician Apprenticeship Training Scheme

Back to a more genuine renewable industry the Wind Technician Apprenticeship Training scheme is fantastic providing apprentices with the skills and theoretical understanding which will allow them to become capable craft technicians for on-shore or off-shore wind turbine sites. This level 3 programme will take three and a half years to complete over which time, they will benefit from a variety of learning methods.

During their first two years on the programme, apprentices will complete 100 days of electrical theory training through a level 3 Technical Certificate (BTEC). During this time, they will also embark on 215 days of enhanced training where their discipline specific practical skills will be learnt. Any additional time will be spent back at the employers site.

The enhanced training courses are a mixture of the electrical and the control and instrumentation skills plus five bespoke courses that have been adapted for wind technicians. Each course is detailed below:

  • Hand-skills (20 days).

  • Fabrication (15 days).

  • Welding Appreciation (5 days).

  • Rigging & Slinging (5 days).

  • Pipework (15 days).

  • Scaffold & Access Equipment Appreciation (5 days).

  • Machining (20 days).

  • Electrical Safety and Principles (15 days).

  • Electrical Installation (15 days).

  • Electrical Actuators (2.5 days).

  • Alternators (2.5 days).

  • Motors (10 days).

  • PLC (10 days).

  • DCS & SCADA (5 days).

  • LV & HV Switchgear Protection & Testing (10 days).

  • Pressure (4 days).

  • Level (3 days).

  • Flow (3 days).

  • Temperature (5 days).

  • Auto Control (5 days).

  • Basic Electronics (5 days).

  • Fundamentals of Wind (5 days).

  • Bearings & Lubrication (10 days).

  • Mechanical Drives (10 days).

  • Turbine Supervisory Equipment (5 days).

After the first two years, all training will be complete. The remaining eighteen months will be spent assessing the apprentice’s skills back at their site through an NVQ (level 3) extended diploma. Contact will be maintained on a regular basis during this time through the Engineering Academy’s in-house assessment team who will work with the apprentice and site management to ensure that they meet all their targets.

The apprenticeship will be drawn to a close with an end-point assessment where a portfolio of the apprentice’s work will be assessed and the apprentice will be required to sit an exam.

How to find Renewable Energy Apprenticeships

As part of our research for this article we have done a lot of reviewing search engines, searching jobs boards and reading numerous website. If you are looking for apprenticeships in the renewables sector you are better to aim you search around the specific technologies within the sector.

In our previous article, 7 Answers to the question "Is Nuclear Energy Renewable?" we outlined energy technologies that are truly renewable as;

  1. Hydroelectric power (HEP)

  2. Wave power and tidal power

  3. Geothermal power

  4. Solar power

  5. Wind power

And although not renewable but certainly clean energy we would have add nuclear energy into you search above.

We found that searching the above that you are interested in with the addition of "apprentice"/"apprenticeships" yielded the best search results for you finding live roles to apply for.

Good luck with you search and all the very best.

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