Apprentices

You can register your interest in our Apprenticeship Programme by following the link in the 'How to apply' section below.

We're one of the most diverse energy companies in the industry, with a range of different businesses serving different purposes. We have opportunities for you to join as an Apprentice in Power Station Operations, Gas Service and Gas Installation, Mechanical and Electrical Contracting, and our Power Systems business.

Whichever Apprenticeship you choose, you'll have the opportunity to achieve a Modern Apprentice qualification, City & Guilds Technical Certificate and NVQ (or SVQ in Scotland) level 2 and 3. You will learn new skills that will help you build a successful career in the industry.

Our preference is for candidates who are just starting out on an apprenticeship although there may be times when we choose someone who is part way through their qualifications to meet business needs.

Most of our Apprenticeships take four years to complete. The majority of apprentices attend college on a block release arrangement which helps you progress more quickly and gives you valuable support. You may have to live away from home for short periods but you’ll quickly find your feet and make some great friends.

In order to be considered for an Apprenticeship you must have a minimum of four GCSEs or Standard Grades, (at C/3 or above), including Maths, English and a Science or Craft subject.

How to apply

You can register your interest in our Apprenticeship Programme today.

We're one of the most diverse energy companies in the industry, with a range of different businesses serving different purposes. We have opportunities for you to join as an Apprentice in Power Station Operations, Gas Service and Gas Installation, Mechanical and Electrical Contracting, and our Power Systems business.

Whichever Apprenticeship you choose, you'll have the opportunity to achieve a Modern Apprentice qualification, City & Guilds Technical Certificate and NVQ (or SVQ in Scotland) level 2 and 3. You will learn new skills that will help you build a successful career in the industry.

Our preference is for candidates who are just starting out on an apprenticeship although there may be times when we choose someone who is part way through their qualifications to meet business needs.

Most of our Apprenticeships take four years to complete. The majority of apprentices attend college on a block release arrangement which helps you progress more quickly and gives you valuable support. You may have to live away from home for short periods but you’ll quickly find your feet and make some great friends.

In order to be considered for an Apprenticeship you must have a minimum of four GCSEs or Standard Grades, (at C/3 or above), including Maths, English and a Science or Craft subject.

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What you'll bring

In our annual engagement survey our staff voted us as a great place to work and we hope if you join us that you’ll agree. We believe the family atmosphere in SSE is due to the happy and motivated people who work with us who share our values.

As safety is always top of our agenda we’re keen to find people who are safety conscious and act as “their brother’s keeper”. We also strive for excellence and to be the best at everything we do so we’ll encourage you to be imaginative, share your good ideas and work to a high standard.

We support and value great teamwork so we ask that you’re reliable, dependable and enthusiastic and enjoy working with others in an open and honest way. As an Apprentice you’re the future of SSE. Bring your energy to make sure that future is a bright one!

Locations

You’ll have the chance to choose where you would prefer to be based and it’s important you’re able to arrive at your chosen depot/office on time each day.

Our core hours range from 08:00 to 17:00 daily but these may vary depending on the project you’re working on or if you’re at college.

If you are required to travel to a work location out with that you are based, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the company.

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 their apprenticeship successfully.

Our Apprenticeships are very popular, with around 5,000 applicants each year, so you can help us by putting as much thought and relevant information into your application as you can. We’ll use this information to decide if you’ll be invited to participate in our selection process.

This will involve assessments and practical tests to determine if you have the appropriate skills and abilities to be an apprentice. Due to the large number of candidates sitting assessments, we may hold assessment centres regionally. You might have to travel to participate but our team will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Our Apprenticeships are available at a number of different locations across the UK and, if you’re successful as a result of the assessments, you’ll be invited for interview with managers working in the relevant business area. Wherever possible, we try to arrange interviews at an office or site local to where you’ll be working. This will be your opportunity to shine and we hope you’ll do well.

Benefits

As industry leaders, we know how important our people are. They're our greatest asset, particularly our apprentices – join one of our programmes and you'll have the chance to play an exciting part in our future.

In return, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, share save and share incentive schemes, a generous holiday allowance (with an option to purchase additional leave), discounted energy, phone and broadband, as well as the chance to participate in an online programme offering you and your family discounts with up to 1,200 different retailers.