Degree Apprenticeship

Data Science Graduate/Degree Apprenticeship

BSc (Hons) Data Science

Our Business

ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and world leader in wind energy. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future. We’re proud to say we produce 100% green electricity and are well on our way to our ultimate journey to Net Zero.

From the big to the small, that’s ScottishPower

At ScottishPower, we think less about what energy is and more about what it can do for you in the real world. Because our responsibility is to you the customer. From the big to the small.

We're investing over £1.4 billion in the UK - every year - for the next 5 years. Working on cutting edge innovation projects, we’re creating a smarter, cleaner and more efficient network, as well as building and maintaining windfarms, as we work towards Net Zero.  And, with contributions of £40m to charitable causes during the last 5 years, we’re investing in our communities as well to create a better future, quicker, for everyone.

SP Energy Networks

Our energy landscape is going through a time of profound change. A challenge touching every part of our society, we need to eradicate carbon emissions to halt the effects of climate change. We need to change how we live our lives and replace the use of fossil fuels for transport and heat.

Electricity will be at the heart of the solution, through electric vehicles and heat pumps. And with more renewables generation and other technologies connected to the electricity grid than ever before, it’s our role to make sure we create a more efficient, cleaner, greener network to accommodate this increase in demand.

Within SP Energy Networks, we are focusing on harnessing technology and innovation to create the networks of the future. With distribution networks designed for predictable, stable demand, it’s vital we upgrade our network to create the flexibility required to cope with the extensive changes to electricity demand, generation, and consumer behaviour.

Through technology and innovation, we will enable a consumer-led revolution in the use and operation of our system. It will undergo the biggest changes to its design and operation for over half a century; and you can be part of it.

We know people are central to building a better future, quicker, and we need talented, hardworking and flexible people to join us.

What will you be doing?

To develop a flexible and truly smart grid, we’re rolling-out a new data, digital and communications ecosystem that will enable coordinated planning and delivery of whole system solutions. And data is at the very core of this transformation.

With vast increases in the volume and frequency of data collected from technologies such as remote sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearable technology and drones, we’ll generate evidence bases and automated solutions that ensure optimised decision making.

As a Data Science Graduate Apprentice/Degree Apprentice, you’ll be immersed in data right from day one. Working within one of our teams responsible for system or asset data, you’ll use data to find meaning and create actionable insights, identifying opportunities for the business.

As we increase our suite of monitoring devices, from substation monitoring to smart meters, we’re harvesting more and more data, enabling us to proactively manage our electricity networks to support the UK’s transition to Net Zero. With support and guidance from your colleagues, you’ll develop your skills to enable you to transform this information into meaningful and usable data.

You’ll enhance your understanding of the energy network, become skilled in a range of programme languages and able to utilise multiple algorithm methodologies, including advanced machine learning – all within in a real industry setting. And with opportunities to engage with multiple stakeholders, you’ll hone your presentation skills, adapting your style and enabling you to relate to your audience.

Throughout your course, you’ll connect your studies to current business scenarios, letting you see how the theories apply in the real world. And at the end of the programme, you’ll continue your career as a Data Analyst with a starting salary of £36,648.

With opportunities in Scotland and England, we’re looking for someone who is excited to do a Data Science degree at one of our partner institutions, Heriot Watt University or University of Nottingham. Both universities offer a blended learning approach with the majority of teaching delivered online.

Who are we looking for?

YOU! We want you. We want people with talent and ambition, a desire to learn, who embrace innovative ideas and challenge others to think differently. Above all, you must share our passion for excellence to deliver for our customers; and you must be excited to help us generate the change needed to deliver a better future, quicker. Because nothing matters more.

If you live in Scotland, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science (opens in a new window) through Heriot-Watt University and will work in our Glasgow office. You’ll have three Highers at a minimum of a B or three A Levels at a minimum of two Bs and a C (or equivalent), in Maths and Computing. We’ll also accept an HNC in Computing or Engineering disciplines that have included Engineering Maths 1 and 2 modules.

If you live in England, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Data Science (opens in a new window) through University of Nottingham and will work in our Prenton office. You’ll have three A Levels at a minimum of As (or equivalent), including Maths.

What do we offer?

Our Graduate Apprenticeship programme lets you work towards a degree while enriching your education with invaluable industry experience. You’ll stand out from your peers and you’ll be able to apply your work experience to your learning, helping you understand how key theories apply to the real world.

Like a traditional undergraduate degree, you’ll study a variety of relevant subjects and achieve the equivalent level of qualification over a four-year period. But instead of only classroom learning, you’ll blend academic study and work experience for your training and assessment. And the best part is, you get paid a full-time salary at the same time!

While you complete your degree, you’ll be on a full-time contract and will have the opportunity of a permanent role following graduation. Typically, you’ll be at uni one day per week, with the other four spent in the workplace, though the balance may change as you progress through your degree.

This programme is a three-way partnership between you, SP Energy Networks and the university; we’ll work together to get the best out of you, ensuring the best possible start to your career.

As a Graduate Apprentice/Degree Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £18,500
  • A generous pension scheme where we’ll double match your contributions up to 10%;
  • A broad range of flexible benefits including share incentive plans, employee discounts, charity matched funding and many, many more.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 20th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £18,500 + benefits
  • Glasgow and Prenton (Merseyside)
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