The Power Skills Scheme for power network craftspersons has now been implemented and is available. Derived from the industry-wide NSAP Competency Accord for Power Skills, it is aimed at Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), Transmission Operators (TOs) and contractor staff who work on the transmission and distribution power network. Underpinned by over 80 industry-agreed skills standards for sub-stations, overhead lines and underground power cables, the scheme has been established to help provide a common approach to skills assessment across the UK’s Electricity Supply Industry.
The scheme is unique in that it enables companies and their staff to utilise a quantity and range of units that are appropriate for particular workforce needs. Individuals can, therefore, take as few or as many units as they require. A flexible fee structure also benefits those companies and individuals who commit to driving skills development through an engaged approach to learning and assessment offered by the scheme.
The Power Skills Scheme covers core technical skills and knowledge, which are transferable between DNOs and TOs, and includes ongoing quality assurance from Energy & Utility Skills. While each DNO still needs to grant separate authorisations for each individual, the core craft competencies shouldn’t need to be retested, reducing training time and duplication of effort.
There are four routes to registration: Trailblazer Apprenticeship (L3 Power Network Craftsperson), an approved programme (training & assessment), assessment only, and grandfather rights (open until the end of September 2021, this will reduce the need to re-train or re-assess experienced competent craftspersons in the short term).