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We have trained over 2000 dual fuel gas and electricity engineers, helping some of the UK’s largest energy companies build their workforce and meet smart meter installation targets. We can help your business recruit and train apprentices with bespoke training programmes.

Whether you have existing staff looking to undertake an apprenticeship or are wanting to recruit a new apprentice, we'll support your candidate(s) through the course and set them up for success.

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Hiring an Electrical Apprentice

Smart Meter Installer (Level 2)

Funding an Apprentice

Why Work with a Training Provider?

Training with Universal Skills

Additional Resources

Hiring an Electrical Apprentice

Hiring an Electrical Apprentice

Smart Metering Engineer (Level 2)

Funding an Apprentice

Why Work With a Training Provider?

Training with Universal Skills

Additional Resources

Thinking of Employing a Dual Fuel Smart Metering Apprentice?

Why Should You Hire an Apprentice?

Apprentices bring a number of benefits and skills to an organisation:

  • Employers benefit from having skilled labour that have been professionally trained and have the skills and knowledge to do jobs relevant to their job.
  • Apprentices tend to stay on with their current employer much longer than normal staff might. 
  • Financial incentives available make it more enticing for companies to take on apprentices. 

Help With Hiring an Apprentice

We can help your company find apprentices.

We can work with your business to find appropriate apprenticeship candidates. 

  • We can advertise roles and assist in interviewing potential candidates before putting them through the appropriate training.
  • We also have a database of trained candidates, many of which are looking for apprenticeship placements.

Apprenticeship Course

Dual Fuel Smart Metering Apprenticeship (Level 2) 

We train up apprentices with the necessary skills to safely install, exchange and maintain smart meters, whilst also explaining to customers how they work and how to use energy more efficiently.

Dual Fuel Smart Meter installers provide vital skills for the metering industry and form a key part of the Government's mandate to reduce carbon emissions and improve overall energy management.

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Funding an Apprentice

Apprenticeship Levy & Funding 

Did you know that you might eligible to receive funding to put an apprentice through training? 

Many employers are unaware of the costs of hiring an apprentice, with many ruling it out as too expensive to consider. But there are a variety of funding options available to employers to help put an apprentice through training. 

Further information about apprenticeship funding can be found here.

Off-the-job training

Why Use a Training Provider?

By law all apprentices need to complete at least 20% or 500+ hours of off-the-job training in order to pasS their apprenticeship?

Off-the-job training is any work/activity relevant to the apprenticeship, that is undertaken within an apprentices contracted hours but falls outside of their normal work duties. Some examples of off-the-job training include: Classes and workshops, masterclasses, mentoring, job shadowing etc...

As time and resources cannot always be dedicated to these sort of activities within a normal business day, many employers will seek to work with training providers to help facilitate any off-the-job training.

Find out how Universal Skills can provision off-the-job training for your apprentices today.

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Training With Universal Skills

We work in partnership with many UK renowned energy companies, helping to tailor and deliver technical training that enables electrical apprentices to develop their skills in a safe and supportive environment. We're pretty flexible in how we work with employers - we tailor the course content and training to work around you and your apprentices needs, wherever possible.

Based in Wakefield

Our training centre is located in Wakefield, within 5 minutes from the M1 and 8 minutes from Wakefield Westgate Train Station offering transport links to the North and South of the country.

We've taken on apprentices from the length and breadth of the UK with many choosing to stay locally through the duration of their training.

Universal Skills Centre 
Units 41-43 Monckton Road Industrial Estate,

Our training centre is located in Wakefield, within 5 minutes from the M1 and 8 minutes from Wakefield Westgate Train Station offering transport links to the North and South of the country.

We've taken on apprentices from the length and breadth of the UK with many choosing to stay locally through the duration of their training. 

Universal Skills Centre Wakefield,
Units 41-43 Monckton Road Industrial Estate, 

Our Training Facility

About the centre

Our training facilities include classrooms for theory based learning, as well as workshops to practice electrical work within a controlled environment. Many of the workshops are designed to reflect various setups and scenarios that smart meter installers would potentially find when working out in the field. 

All apprentices are taught by experienced gas and electrical tutors providing the necessary knowledge and skills to complete their apprenticeship.

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Dedicated Apprenticeship Team

Our dedicated apprenticeship team are here to support all apprentices while training in the centre, as well as coordinate with employers to to ensure that all delivery needs are being met. 

Mariam Hussain

Mariam Hussain
Apprenticeship Supervisor

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke
Apprenticeship Administrator

Leah Sharkey

Leah Sharkey
Functional Skills Tutor

Additional Resources for Employers

How we did...

Our OFSTED Report

Our last monitoring visit: February 2020


E-Portfolio Employer Login

Track your apprentices' progress and feedback.


Apprenticeship Levy & DAS Account

From the 1st of November 2020, all employers are expected to have a Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

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