Apprentice from Wick is picked from 820 to land job

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AN APPRENTICE from Wick is one of 30 people to have been picked from 820 candidates to work for UK Power Networks.

Sebastian Justo, 18, of Holmes Way, is to join UK Power Networks’ on-the-job training scheme.

The former Chichester College student will work for Britain’s largest electricity network operator, which distributes power across the south east, London and east of England.

Over the next three years he will prepare to join the teams who provide power to more than a quarter of Britain’s population 24hrs a day.

The apprentices specialise in climbing electricity poles, fixing and connecting power cables or kitting out electricity substations.

Sebastian, who will be based at the company’s depot in Portslade while he trains to become an electrical fitter, said: “I heard UK Power Networks is a very good company to work for in terms of how they treat their employees, opportunities for career progression and development.

“As a trainee fitter I will be learning how to install, maintain and repair electrical wiring at electricity substations.”

Patrick Clarke, director of network operations at UK Power Networks, who began his career as an apprentice, said: “There couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the electricity industry, with new technology bringing faster changes in the next ten years than ever before.”