Guernsey Electricity employs around 200 staff in a wide range of positions including retail, electrical operations, plumbing, finance, customer service, power station maintenance and engineering.
Find out more about our Bursary Scheme awarded to students entering Higher Education.
A Bursary is an award to students entering Higher Education. Currently it comprises a total annual payment of £2000 plus paid work experience of at least six weeks during the summer holiday and other holidays when appropriate. The Scheme will not affect any grants given by the Education Department.
The award is made annually. Bursars may re-apply at the end of the year for another Bursary.
Bursars will typically be resident in Guernsey and entering Higher Education in a subject that is relevant to Guernsey Electricity.
Whilst engineering is at the core of our business all other professions will be considered. Examples of subjects supported include; Accountancy, Information Technology, Environmental Studies, Project Management, Marketing and Human Resources.
Whilst there is no guarantee of employment, the Bursary Scheme recognises the significant time and commitment involved in gaining a degree and membership of the relevant professional body. Therefore employment may be offered under certain circumstances.
If you see a Bursary advertised in a subject you are interested in, then you should write to Guernsey Electricity indicating your academic progress, the course you are going to follow, and how this could be relevant to us, or come in for an informal discussion about the scheme.
We offer comprehensive benefits which include a competitive salary, pension and bonus scheme. The health & wellbeing of our employees and their families is very important to us and we provide health care benefits to employees. A wide range of discounts on services and products, including discounted gym membership and 20% discount on showroom appliances are also offered.
Investing in the development of our people supports our ambition to be a high performing organisation. Our focus is on achieving exceptional customer service and Guernsey Electricity is also continually working to ensure our people feel supported and motivated. We encourage and support our employees to develop and learn new skills through a wide range of opportunities including on the job training, in-house courses and the chance to study for formal qualifications.
Our local community and environment is of great importance to us. We participate in a range of community based charity projects and environmental initiatives. As well as corporate sponsorships and donations, we also encourage our employees to volunteer and contribute to the island as much as possible.
Work experience is an opportunity to experience working life and is a useful guide to young people looking to choose a career path. Guernsey Electricity provides work experience for many young people throughout the year in all disciplines and skills.
Typically, we offer up to ten placements per year through the Careers Service. Age range is generally from 14 - 21 and the placements are made in the section most appropriate to the skills requested, usually for one week.
Some degree courses include a year in Industry and Guernsey Electricity offers opportunities for those students with local residential qualifications to complete this integral part of their course in a familiar environment.
We offer an Electrical apprenticeship each year, and typically offer a Mechanical apprenticeship every five years. Although preference is given to younger applicants with GCSEs, we do consider all applications.
Applicants for apprenticeships should be expecting to achieve five or more GCSE passes at grades A-C including maths and a science subject. All candidates will be asked to sit a maths and logic test before being selected for interview.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship then you should complete this application form indicating your academic progress and which apprenticeship you wish to follow. Alternatively you may wish to come in for an informal discussion about the scheme nearer the time.
Applications should be received by 20 April each year and once the annual intake process is complete, successful applications are appointed by the end of May.
An Apprenticeship is a formal agreement between the Education Department, the Employer, the Apprentice and their Parent/Guardian if under 18. It leads to the award of a recognised qualification in the chosen subject, along with relevant employment.
The primary subjects are Electrical Installations and Mechanical Crafts. However we do occasionally support apprenticeships in Carpentry and Joinery and Welding.
An Apprenticeship covers a period of five years.
Typically applicants will have or be aiming to have GCSE examination passes in Mathematics and Science. Alternatively a GNVQ qualification may be considered.
Apprentices are required to attend the College of Further Education in order to develop and continue their academic career. GCSE performance is a clear measure of academic performance. Mathematics and Science will play a part in all studies.
Yes, there is a six-month probationary period, which must be successfully completed before Apprenticeship Papers are signed.
There is no guarantee of continued employment with Guernsey Electricity; however, it will lead to the award of a recognised qualification in the chosen subject, along with relevant employment.
An Apprentice will need to complete each year of their study and demonstrate the behaviours expected of the business in order to complete their Apprenticeship and become an established technician or tradesman.
The rates of pay for Apprentices are a percentage of the fully skilled rate. At present the rate for a first year Apprentice is approximately £230.00 per week.
In the first full year of employment an Apprentice would be allocated twenty-two days holiday.
Yes, all employees need to keep abreast of developments and so attend training as and when required. Further opportunities are available for staff to progress to senior engineering positions. Many of our Senior Engineers commenced their working lives as Apprentices.
In exceptional circumstances, successful apprentices may be offered further full time University study to complete an Engineering Degree.
Guernsey Electricity is proud to be a member of the Guernsey Employment Trust which creates employment opportunities for disabled people and assists them to prepare for, find, and maintain work in Guernsey.
Guernsey Electricity has agreed to adhere to the commitments of the Employers' Disability Charter 2017-2018. The commitments are:
- We will encourage job applications from disabled people
- We will guarantee a job interview for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our job vacancies
- We will implement good practice in all aspects of the recruitment and retention of disabled people
- We will consider ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the recruitment process and in the workplace
- We will provide work experience placements and job tasters for disabled people where practicable
- Staff may be available to conduct mock or practice interviews for job seekers with a disability
- We will encourage managers and supervisors to undertake on-line Disability Awareness training
- We will act as a disability Ambassador and encourage staff to motivate other employers
- We will develop our own commitment to enhance the employment opportunities for disabled islanders
You can view a copy of our Employers' Disability Charter certificate here.