Power upgrade offers 36 places on course

Scottish Power Energy Networks is currently looking for applicants to step forward and fight for a place on a course with Dumfries and Galloway College which could ultimately lead to a job.

With local, unemployed people perhaps with a trade background in mind, the course aims to provide local work for those who may have lost their job or found themselves out of work for whatever reason.

The £10million network upgrades in Mid Galloway have seen work carried out on lines between Sorbie and Port William, Sorbie and Whauphill, Sorbie, Garlieston and Kirkinner, Newton Stewart to Wigtown, Bladnoch and Sorbie and more.

Up to date, 39 trainees have completed an ‘up-skilling’ course to train semi-skilled tradesmen as linesmen.

This included five from Wigtownshire (Newton Stewart, Creetown, Stranraer and Kirkcolm).

Now 36 places are available on the course over the next two years.

On successful completion of the course, 20 trainees will be offered permanent employment within Dumfries and Galloway.

A further course has been developed for school leavers but without a guaranteed job.

The course selection process will consist of an aptitude test, fitness tesm competency test and an interview.

Applicants should send a CV to Dumfries College via griersonl@dumgal.ac.uk.

Guy Jefferson, Network Operations Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “As many as four out five workers in the energy sector are set to retire over the next fifteen years, which comes at the same time as we are looking to deliver the most important upgrades to the electricity network in over half a century.

“Partnerships like the ones we have developed with Dumfries College will be essential to encourage new blood in to the industry. After only 17 weeks the students on this course will have the opportunity to establish long-term careers in the energy industry, in highly-skilled roles, and help to deliver some of the biggest investments ever carried out in Scotland and Wales’s electricity networks.”