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  • Apprenticeships

    Salary: Circa £10,000 with a yearly increase and company benefits

  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) forms part of the SSE Group and is responsible for keeping the lights to over 4 million UK homes and businesses. If something unexpected causes a power cut in our regions, it is our job to fix it as quickly and as safely as possible to ensure we deliver for our customers. That’s why we’re looking for people like you - motivated individuals with bags of energy who get the job done.

    Our business is powered by talented, enthusiastic people in a whole range of roles - supporting, co-ordinating and driving the business to meet our responsibilities and achieve our goals. Join us and you’ll be part of a unique task force dedicated to looking after our customers.

    Our Apprenticeship Programme offers you the chance to earn whilst you learn new skills and gain valuable work experience and qualifications. Trainees on our Apprenticeship Programme are provided with the opportunity to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship qualification and a City & Guilds Technical Certificate (or SVQ in Scotland). The programme can take 3 to 4 years to complete and is centred on work based learning and training linked directly to the job.

    You will be supported throughout the programme by a mentor, our Apprentice Programme Manager, your SSE colleagues who you'll work with during your on the job training and also by the support you will receive from your college tutors. The majority of our apprentices attend college on a block release arrangement for several weeks at any one time; this will mean you may have to live away from home for short periods of time but we will support you fully, during this time.

    By the end of the programme you'll have an accreditation that will offer you the opportunity to build a rewarding and successful career in the energy sector. Sustainability underpins everything we do so we believe in making the most of our most valuable assets - our people - and supporting them to be their best. With a carefully designed development programme, you’ll have everything you need to progress your career as far as you want to go.

  • Our Apprenticeships

    Apprentices in our business undertake a four year programme gaining the knowledge and skills required to safely build, repair and maintain the circuits that deliver electricity to over 4 million homes and businesses in the south of England and the north of Scotland. These jobs can be physically demanding and will involve working outdoors no matter what the weather to ensure a reliable service to our customers. We have four different apprenticeship programmes available within our Energy Networks business.

    Cable Jointer

    A Networks cable Jointer works on the Underground Electricity cables. The work undertaken by a Networks Jointer includes dealing with planned work such as connect a new house to our Network or dealing with an emergency where a cable may have been damaged by an underground fault or a third party, causing our customers to be without supply. 

    This role involves the excavation, installation, identification, jointing and connection of electricity cables. 

    You will be trained to work safely so that you can enter and work in sub-stations, carry out excavations in public areas, work on live LV cables and work on the live LV underground network, tow and use mini-excavators. 

    Once you have completed your apprenticeship you will become a fully qualified Jointer. If you demonstrate the appropriate attributes and commitment you will be able to progress further by continuing to expand your knowledge and authorisation to an advanced level.

    Craftsperson

    Multiple Craft Apprentices will either be Jointers first and foremost with an element of Linesperson duties or Linesperson Apprentices with an element of Jointer duties. This will be dependent on the location and what is needed in that area.

    Networks Fitter

    A Networks Fitter is responsible for the maintenance, testing and repair of plant and equipment of the electricity network. This would be the substation you can see at the end of your road or in the local high street. Each substation houses the transformer which feeds the underground and overhead electrical network which supplies your home and local businesses. 

    As a fitting apprentice you will be trained and will gain qualifications which will enable you to work safely so that you can enter and work in sub-stations. 

    Once you have completed your apprenticeship you will become a fully qualified fitter. If you demonstrate the appropriate attributes and commitment you will be able to progress further by continuing to expand your knowledge and authorisation to an advanced level working on the higher electrical voltages.

    Overhead Linesperson

    A Networks Overhead Linesperson will work on the overhead cables and pole mounted equipment. You will see the poles and overhead lines in your local area providing power from substations to homes or into a substation where it transfers to the underground Network. 

    The work will include planned work to replace equipment as part of a maintenance programme, to provide a new supply to a customer’s property or dealing with an emergency where a customer is off supply perhaps due to weather. 

    You will be trained to work safely at heights and construct networks by erecting poles and conductors. You will learn how to use a M.E.W.P (Mobile Elevated Work Platform), tow and use mini-excavators.  

    If you demonstrate the appropriate attributes and commitment after you have completed your apprenticeship there will be opportunities to continue and enhance your training and authorisations to an advanced level.

  • What's required?

    Qualifications

    You don't need any experience to apply. You just need to have an interest in the work we do at SSE, an appreciation of our core values, particularly safety, and the desire to do well.

    In terms of qualifications, we'd prefer you to have achieved or be on target to achieve a minimum of 3 GCSE's (or equivalent) which includes Maths and English and a Science / Engineering / Technical subject.  Candidates who do not meet this criteria, have other relevant qualifications and can demonstrate the desired level of competence through the assessment process will also be considered.

    We’re more than happy for you to get in touch if you have equivalent qualifications and need some advice. Please contact us by email at apprenticesandtrainees@sse.com and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have regarding the qualification requirements.

    Please note there is no upper age limit to join our programme.

    What you'll bring

    Your personal attributes are just as important as your academic achievements. We are looking for enthusiastic, driven candidates who have a strong interest in engineering and a fascination with how things work. You should enjoy working with your hands and must be comfortable working at heights and within confined spaces. You’ll be a self-starter with good team work and problem solving skills and the ability to follow instructions.

    With all of our apprenticeships on offer you must be flexible with the hours and travelling,as it could mean out of hours and late nights involved. 

  • How to apply

    Recruitment process

    Our aim is to have the right people in the right place at the right time, so our recruitment process is designed to select the best people for the roles, and to identify those who are most likely to complete the programme successfully.

    Our selection process involves an application form, on-line assessments and practical tests at one of our Depots to determine if you have the appropriate skills and abilities to be an SSEN apprentice. Due to the large numbers of candidates sitting assessments we may hold assessment centres regionally. You might have to travel to participate, however our team will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

    If you’re successful in our assessments, the final stage will be a face to face interview with relevant business managers from one of the business areas which you are being considered for. Wherever possible, we try to arrange interviews at the office or site you have applied for.

  • Locations

    We distribute electricity to over 4 million customers across central southern England and northern Scotland. We look after the electricity network for 30% of the UK's landmass. 

    Devon, Dorset, East Yorkshire, Hampshire, North Yorkshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Dunbartonshire, Fife, Highlands, Inverness, Perthshire and Stirling.

  • Frequently asked questions:

    Below is a list of FAQ's about the apprenticeship programme.

    Am I guaranteed a job when I finish?
    On successful completion of your Apprenticeship your programme coordinator and your manager will work with you to look at your future opportunities with us.
    Are existing employees eligible to apply?
    Yes. Existing employees can apply for all roles as advertised on the careers page as long as you meet the entry requirements for the programme.
    Can I complete my programme part-time?
    No, this is full time programme.
    How old do I have to be to be eligible to apply?
    As an equal opportunities employer there are no age restrictions on any of our vacancies.
    What are the pay rates for Apprentices?
    The 2019 offering is circa £10,000 and is keeping with engineering and utilities pay scales. The pay rate for last years Apprentice intake was a minimum of £9,500.
    What Qualification will I gain?
    Through completing your apprenticeship you will attain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification and a City & Guilds Technical Certificate (or SVQ in Scotland). Plus a wealth of practical experience from our experienced SSE staff members and mentors.
    What will my working hours be?
    Your contractual working hours will be 37 each week. Your start and finish times will be flexible in accordance with your placement location’s requirements.
    What will the assessment process look like?
    After completing an online application form we would then send you a link to some online tests. Following successful completion of the tests you would then be invited to attend an assessment centre, usually for half a day at a location within your region. The assessment centre is designed to establish if you have the required minimum ability for our apprenticeship programme and involves a paper based test and some practical tests also. The final stage of the process is an interview at the SSE building you would be based out of if successful. The interview is competency based and designed to find out more about how you behave in different situations.
    Will I get any holidays?
    Yes. Your contracted holidays will be 34 days each year, inclusive of bank holidays. These must be agreed in advance with your line manager.