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Apprenticeships blossom one year after Coronation recognition

Five eco apprenticeships hand-picked by industry experts to celebrate the King’s Coronation, including installation and maintenance electrician, continue to grow England’s green workforce.

Over the last four years (since 2020-21), they have amassed over 27,000 starts and data for the first two quarters of 2023-24 compared to 2022-23 shows a 7% increase.

Apprenticeships to train countryside workers (level 2), forest craftspersons (level 3), installation and maintenance electricians (level 3), sustainability business specialists, and corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners (level 4) were marked with the Coronation emblem (pictured below) last May.

They were selected by industry experts from a list of over 200 green apprenticeships developed by panels of expert employers with the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education (IfATE).

The list, which continues to grow as more businesses work with IfATE, supports the work being led by the Department of Education and Department of Energy Security and Net Zero to make sure the right skills are in place to achieve net zero.

ECA COO Andrew Eldred said, "As system designers and installers, electrical professionals are in the vanguard of the shift to low-carbon buildings and net zero. These complex challenges make it vital we attract and retain high calibre entrants. Recognition through the Coronation emblem has helped the Installation and Maintenance Electrician apprenticeship to serve as a launchpad to further grow the pipeline of apprentices and professionals joining our sector."

The apprenticeships reflect His Majesty’s longstanding commitment to ensuring natural assets endure for future generations, integrating renewable energy sources into our everyday lives, and applying sustainability into every aspect of our economy.

ECA works closely with its Members, industry partners and Government to raise the profile of electrical contractor in the transition to Net Zero Carbon. We produce regular guidance notes, technical bulletins, and industry updates to keep Members at the forefront of the Net Zero transition. Learn more here. 

Last updated 22 May 24