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Power Academy

The Power Academy is an engineering scholarship scheme run by the IET in partnership between participating universities and industry. The Power Academy scheme offers a comprehensive package of financial incentives, relevant work experience and educational support for eligible students. Due to an impending shortage of qualified power engineers in the UK, the power industry, including Western Power Distribution, is looking to the Power Academy scheme to provide experienced and high quality graduates for entry into the industry.

The Power Academy scheme is open to anyone studying an IET-accredited MEng or BEng degree course in an electrical engineering discipline. In addition, in order to be eligible for the scheme the student must qualify for home / EU fees or have the right to live and work in the UK (this includes holding a UK or EU passport). There are currently eight universities and thirteen industrial companies participating in the Power Academy scheme:

  • University of Southampton;
  • University of Bath;
  • University of Cardiff;
  • Imperial College London;
  • Loughborough University;
  • University of Manchester;
  • Queen's University Belfast;
  • The University of Strathclyde.

Students from any year (except the final year) are welcome to apply.

For further information on how to apply to this programme, please visit

What we Offer

Sponsorship via the Power Academy includes a bursary, a book/ software allowance and a paid eight week summer work placement every year of your degree (apart from the final year).

Paid summer work
placements (pro rata)

*Note that this will increase in further placements

Should you accept an offer to join us upon graduating, Western Power Distribution also offer a contribution toward university tuition fees.

Placements with us

Your first placement with us will be in a Network Services team at one of our local depots. The placement provides the scholar with a hands-on appreciation of the distribution network and the processes involved in its construction, maintenance and repair.

The scholar will spend time with different team members and will experience the different work types that take place in the depot, typically including:

  • Installation of new 11kV plant, equipment, cables and overhead lines;
  • Maintenance of 11kV and 33kV plant;
  • Planning and design;
  • Project management;
  • Restoration and repair work, including the local incident desk.

Students may have more than one placement with us, depending upon how far they have progressed through their degree when they apply. There are opportunities for further placements in Major Projects, Primary System Design and Future Networks.  These further placements provide an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of both our company and of the industry as a whole.

As a Distribution Network Operator we deal with a wide range of operational and technological challenges, and it is possible for a student to tailor their placements to suit their personal and technical interests.

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Graduate Opportunities

Power Academy students will automatically be considered for our Graduate Training scheme. Please see our Graduates page for more information.

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