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  • Trainee Engineer Programme

    Salary - circa £18,000 with yearly increase plus excellent company benefits

  • The Trainee Engineer programme provides an opportunity for you to earn a salary at the same time as learning. This programme has proved to be very successful over the years as it successfully combines planned and integrated work based skills with academic study.

    Over three years your course based learning will include risk assessment and management, workplace projects to develop academic learning, high level technical competence and project management. You will also undertake various work placements to put your newly-learned knowledge into practice and gain practical, hands-on experience.

    In our programme you will undertake the study in 2-3 week blocks at the selected academic provider whilst at your designated SSEN site you will complete practical courses in jointing, metering and overhead lines in addition to work based learning. 

    By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing small jobs, including technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of crafts people or contractors. On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as a Maintenance Engineer, Field Network Engineer, Project Design Engineer, Systems Planning Engineer or an Operational Control Engineer and your manager will work with you to look at your future opportunities at SSEN. 

  • What's Required?


    You should have, or be on target to achieve, Maths and Science (preferably Physics) qualifications  at A2 Level (A-C) or SQA Higher level (A-B), as well as English at GCSE (4 - 9) or National 5 (Scotland). We are happy to accept applications from candidates with a HNC or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline.

    What you'll bring

    Your personal attributes are just as important as your academic achievements. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who have a strong interest in engineering and a fascination with how things work. No specific work experience is required for our trainee engineer programme, however, it’s great if you have some technical or semi technical experience in the work place and are not averse to working outdoors.

    You must also consider that you will need to be flexible with working hours and travel, as there could be a requirement to work out of hours (we are a 24hr business that works around the clock to keep the lights on) and late nights from time to time. You will also be staying away on block release with your studies at our academic provider.

  • Your development and benefits

    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 selection of carefully designed development programmes and e-learning opportunities, you’ll have everything you need to progress your career as far as you want to go.

    On top of a competitive starting salary of circa £18,000 you’ll enjoy generous holiday entitlement, a Group Pension Plan, share options and discounts on energy bills, phone and broadband. You’ll love the Extras too. This online discount programme gives you access to hundreds of offers, including deals with a range of major retailers for food, clothes, furniture, holidays and more. Plus for those with families to consider we offer Care4. There are many more benefits you can find out about by clicking here.

  • 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.

    Positions for Trainee Engineers are only available at a selection of our sites and candidates will enhance their chance of success if they’re prepared to relocate should the necessity arise.

    Our selection process involves an application form, on-line assessments and an assessment centre to determine if you have the appropriate skills and abilities to be an SSEN Trainee Engineer. 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.


  • Locations

    We are a large and diverse energy company with opportunities all over the UK. For our September 2019 intake to the Trainee Engineer Programme we have opportunities in the following locations:

    Scotland locations - Kyle of Lochalsh, Caithness, Orkney, Uist, Stornoway, Portree, Strathpeffer, Inverness, Elgin, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Pitlochry, Inverawe & Dunoon

    England locations - Reading, Slough, West London, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Kent (Medway), Poole, Southampton, Suffolk (Lowestoft), Swindon, Oxford

  • Frequently asked questions:

    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.
    How will the programme benefit me?
    The Trainee Engineer programme will not only give you a minimum of a HNC degree from a highly respected University but you will also gain hands on practical work experience which many university students do not always receive. On top of that your academic provider fees, accommodation and travel will be paid for by SSEN meaning no debt once you complete the programme. You will also be provided with tools, equipment and PPE. In addition you will also receive a salary and benefits package.
    What Qualification will I gain?
    You will achieve a minimum of an HNC level of qualification on our Trainee Engineer Programme.
    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.
    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.
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