Corby teenager picked from 700 applicants for apprenticeship scheme

Ryan Genner, 17, of Corby, who was picked from 700 applicants for a new apprenticeship scheme launched by E.ON
Ryan Genner, 17, of Corby, who was picked from 700 applicants for a new apprenticeship scheme launched by E.ON

A teenage boy from Corby is one of eight young people who have been picked for a new apprenticeship scheme launched by energy company E.ON.

Ryan Genner, 17, will be based at the company’s depot in Northampton and will complete a four-year apprenticeship with its highways lighting division, after which he will join E.ON as a qualified professional.

The apprenticeship scheme attracted around 700 applicants and the successful candidates showed exceptional aptitude in an online test to assess numeric and analytic reasoning, along with their knowledge and practical application of science.

Ryan said: “Apprenticeships are very hard to come by at the moment, and to be offered a place with one of the UK’s most recognised companies is fantastic. I chose this apprenticeship to learn a trade and broaden my knowledge by gaining on site experience.

“Alongside the professional training we will also receive, this will hopefully enable me to progress my career far within the company.”

The trainees will undergo a two-year training programme at Oldham College followed by two years training at their local E.ON depot.

Michael Woodhead, managing director of E.ON’s sustainable energy business, said: “The calibre of applicants for this scheme was exceptionally high and the successful candidates thoroughly deserve the opportunity on offer with our highways lighting division.

“We are delighted to be helping to kick-start the careers of young people in the region and it is fantastic to think that these new recruits could form part of the next generation of E.ON employees for years to come.”