Graduate Opportunity

Trainee Engineering Opportunities

September 2021 Intake

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Our Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work based experience.

  1. Within Transmission and Distribution you'll have the opportunity to study towards an HNC in Electrical Engineering.
  2. When not studying, you'll spend the balance of your time on placements which may include working in the field, at Power Stations and Control Rooms or working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers.
  3. 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. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £32,000.
  4. On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as a Maintenance Engineer, Field Engineer, Project Design Engineer, Systems Planning Engineer or an Operational Control Engineer.

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What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to be:

  • Highly organised and self-driven with the ability to manage your time well.
  • Flexible in your approach to work to maximise your chances of success, and you should be happy working alone or as part of a team.
  • Comfortable to spend some time living away from home whilst attending college or on placements across SSE.

For entrance onto the educational aspect of our programme it's important that you have, or expect to achieve the below qualifications prior to starting the programme in September 2021.

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above, OR 2 A levels at grade CC or above
  • You must have Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above, PLUS
  • National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C, or GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent

We are happy to accept applications from candidates with equivalent level engineering / technical qualifications such a HNC in an engineering related discipline. We will not be able to accept a HNC in electrical engineering for our Networks (Distribution or Transmission) business areas as this will be the qualification that you will be studying on the programme.

About our Business

We have roles within the below areas;

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is responsible for ensuring a safe and reliable supply of electricity to 3.8 million customers in communities across its network. SSEN Distribution employs more than 3,500 people, including skilled engineers, customer service teams and future energy experts many of whom live as well as work in the communities they serve. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network they're ensuring local communities from the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth to Aberdeen continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Transmissions first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. It does this by making sure its employees and contractors work safely while ensuring the network is able to function properly and meet electricity demand now and in the future. SSEN Transmission also plays a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, were proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days' holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted health-care and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra ‘if it's not safe, we don't do it.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

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