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National Grid opens new £4 million training centre in Nottinghamshire

Last year, 12,000 people applied for National Grid's Apprentice Programme Photo: PA

National Grid has opened a new £4m training centre in Nottinghamshire.

The High Voltage Technologies Facility is part of a £20m development of the National Grid's Learning and Development centre at Eakring, near Newark.

It will take on hundreds of apprentices and give them specialist training in substation technology.

The Learning and Development Centre is the only one of its kind in the UK energy industry.

It is home to electricity overhead lines and virtual reality suites, with a range of technical and leadership development programmes for engineers.

John Tyler from National Grid says the centre is important for finding the engineers of the future.

Last year, 12,000 young people, applied for National Grid's Apprentice Programme.

A further 5,000 applicants applied for places on the company's Engineer Training Programme and 3,000 graduates applied for the Graduate Programme.

The Government has welcomed the opening of the new training centre.

Keeping our power grid and our electricity networks going is vital for consumers and businesses across the country. This new state-of-the-art centre in Eakring will give a bright new generation of apprentices the skills to keep our lights on and power flowing.

– Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister

Harriet Stone decided to apply for the National Grid apprenticeship scheme because she feared a university degree would leave her saddled with too much debt.

She is enjoying the training so far.