UK Power Networks: Jake Levent

Jake Levent, 20, is an apprentice cable jointer with UK Power Networks in South London

What are your responsibilities as an apprentice?

As an apprentice it’s my responsibility to get stuck in to the job, learn skills and develop my understanding. This means going to sites and locations and just getting involved. Right now, I’m writing up a portfolio, which involves using photos and my own words to explain equipment and processes.

How long have you been at UK Power Networks?

Three years.

Why did the job appeal?

This job appealed to me because I had heard that UK Power Networks has one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the country. I had a couple of options but I chose the electricity sector because the technology is always developing, demand for power is constantly expanding and there’s a lot of variety in my work.

What advice would you give to somebody who is considering a career as an electrical fitter or a career in the power distribution sector?

My advice would be to go for it! You will always have work and there’s a lot to learn from the training staff, who are very helpful. There’s also a great team spirit here and I’ve met a lot of good people.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

What I enjoy most about this job is the variety. Each day brings something a bit different and I really like that. You go to lots of places, so there’s not much repetition. Meeting customers and fixing their problem is always an enjoyable part of my job.

What can be the most challenging / rewarding element of your role?

There are different challenges; college work has pushed me academically and working on site can be physically demanding. The most rewarding of all is being on site and getting a job done so that a customer is back on supply.

Tell us in three words what it’s like to work at UK Power Networks

Diverse. Challenging. Rewarding

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