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Apprentice training programme

At Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), training and development is at the centre of everything we do. We have been training apprentices through our dedicated in-house facilities and experienced instructors for over 40 years.

Who are we looking for?

This year we are seeking 10 overhead lines apprentices. We are keen to attract highly motivated individuals who are able to demonstrate a practical, hands-on approach combined with enthusiasm, drive and determination.


  • Be 16 years old from the start date
  • Hold or expect to achieve 4 GCSE passes at Grade C (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English Language by the start date

How to apply?

To apply please read our guidelines for online applications. You will then be directed to the jobs portal run by our recruitment provider, Northgate-Arinso, where you will need to sign in or register for an account. The deadline for completed applications has been extended to Friday March 6th 2015 at 3.30 pm

What do we offer?

We recruit apprentices across a range of different disciplines according to our business needs. Find out more about the roles of NIE apprentices.

Our apprentice programme lasts for up to three years. During the first and second year, you will attend college on a day release basis to study for a BTEC National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will work towards achieving a QCF diploma in Electrical Power Engineering Level 2 and/or Level 3 or alternatively EAL Level 3 Certificate in Utility Infrastructure Processes.

This is combined with skills based training, which will be carried out at our specialist training centres and work sites across Northern Ireland. This gives you the opportunity to really apply what you are learning throughout your studies.

Our apprentice training programme offers a highly competitive and attractive package, which includes:

  • A starting salary of circa £11,000, on the successful completion of a 3 year training programme, employees can expect to earn circa £21,000

  • 20 days holidays plus 11 statutory days

  • A full and extensive induction programme

  • Accommodation and travel allowance

  • Sponsored study leave and course fees to attain a BTEC National Certificate

  • Membership of the NIE Pension Scheme (which is matched up to 7%)

  • Childcare vouchers and family friendly policies

  • Occupational health and welfare provisions

  • Personal development opportunities including attending schools and colleges to promote the NIE apprenticeship

Northern Ireland Electricity Limited - Registered in Northern Ireland - Registered No: NI26041
Registered Office: 120 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5HT