Vital’s Net Zero Apprenticeship Named Training Initiative of the Year

Our Net Zero Apprenticeship programme has taken top honours at this year’s H&V Awards. The programme, which is now in its third year, scooped the Training Initiative of the Year category at the London-based awards ceremony.

Jenny Jackson, Vital Energi’s Resources Manager explained, “The main way to assess the success of a training programme is to look at its graduates and we are so proud of the young men and women who have taken part in our Net Zero apprenticeships programme. We are delighted that our training initiative was recognised at the awards ceremony, but more importantly, we are thrilled with the impact our apprentices are making on the business and are sure we have uncovered several future leaders of the net zero sector.”

We created the programme in response to the skills gap in the low-carbon energy sector, which is a potential hurdle to the UK meeting its Net Zero Targets.   The Net Zero Apprenticeship Programme, which included a £2m investment in a new Training Academy, sees apprentices work across a range of departments, such as commercial, design and work winning, as well as undertaking on-site placement at some of our projects throughout the UK.  The scheme has been successful and Vital now employ 27 apprentices throughout the business.

Vital articulated a vison for the future and have invested in it. Taking a view on not just technical and trade skills but also social impact and value. The benefits to Vital are longer term but clearly articulated and provides a good model for broader industry.”

Judges' Comments, H&V Awards

Alongside their time at Vital, apprentices take a level three apprenticeship with City of Liverpool College, with some graduates continuing to take a degree-level apprenticeship. The programme offers two pathways; craft and technical, and we also appoint apprentices in a range of support services such as Marketing and Finance.

Building Services Engineering Apprentice, Stacey Brindle attended the awards and said, “I’ve loved the opportunities the Net Zero apprenticeship have given me and it’s definitely brought me to a place where I think my long-term future will be spent in the industry.  I know how hard my colleagues, tutors and mentors work to support me and I’m really pleased that their work has been recognised with an award.”

If you’d like to know more about our training initiative, or you’re interested in applying, then click here.