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SMART CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


A Government initiative to install over 50 million smart meters by 2020 has


resulted in thousands of job opportunities available for those looking for a stable, well-paid career, ECTA Training explain.


A new government project needs around 11,000 qualified engineers to fit over 50 million smart meters in the next three years, but a significant skills gap in the sector has resulted in a shortfall.


Estimates have shown that around 6,500 more smart meter engineers are needed to install all the meters and meet the target, offering a chance for Brits to train up in smart metering and quickly secure a job.


A young dad from Sheffield has become one of the latest people to take advantage of this career opportunity; 26-year-old Sam Canavan has secured a job with leading security services company G4S, just days after completing a five-week smart metering dual metering course.


Sam, who has a one-year-old son, heard about the opportunities from a family member who worked in the energy industry and signed up to the smart metering course with ECTA Training, based in Stockport. Throughout the course, Sam learnt how to install both gas and electric meters and completed a work placement with G4S, before taking the exams needed to qualify.


Upon completing the course, Sam was immediately offered employment as a smart meter engineer with G4S and as part of the package was


Sam said: “I previously worked as a fitness manager in a gym, but after my son was born I needed a career that would offer us a more stable and secure future. After hearing about the benefits of a smart metering career, I decided to book on to a smart metering course.


“For anyone “Around 6,500 more


smart meter engineers are needed to install all the meters and meet the target.”


offered a generous starting salary, van, fuel card and work tools.


Undertaking a smart metering course does not require any prior industry experience, and newly qualified engineers can expect to earn between £16k and £40k per year. Many employers offer other benefits such as Sharesave schemes and generous pensions.


Once qualified, the basic role of a smart meter engineer will be to safely remove existing energy meters and to install and test smart meters. Engineers will also need to educate the property owners on how the smart meter works and how to use it effectively.


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looking for a career change, I would definitely recommend considering a smart metering course as it’s a very rewarding career, and with the thousands of jobs available, it’s easy to secure a position quickly.


Kerry-Anne Berry, Director at ECTA Training, said: “To have a chance of reaching the Government’s 2020 target, the UK will need thousands more engineers to install meters. The energy companies we work with are therefore desperate for new recruits, so there’s never been a better time to train up in smart metering.


“There is also a lot of scope for career progression so it is a great route for someone looking to get their foot on the career ladder. Given the scale of the demand for engineers, starting packages tend to be generous and the career offers increasing job security as the skills are highly transferable within the utilities industry. More needs to be done to demonstrate the benefits of such a career if the government is to hit its ambitious targets.”


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