Trainee Engineers

We’re delighted to share with you a little bit more about our Trainee Engineer Programme currently available, with opportunities in the Networks and the Renewable Operations part of our business.


Because we are so large and diverse, we recommend you spend a little time reviewing the information below and looking through the different menus on the left-hand side of your screen where you will find out more about SSE and some of the journeys and experiences our current Trainee Engineers have enjoyed.

Our Programme

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

What will completion of my course lead to?

Ultimately 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.

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Working for Energy Networks

Sarah Mort - Networks Workforce Renewal Manager

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) forms part of the FTSE-50 energy company, SSE. Our electricity distribution and transmission networks carry electricity to over 3.7 million homes and businesses across Scotland and Central Southern England. Our skilled teams are based right across the regions we serve, from the bustle of West London to the smallest villages in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks we are keeping our customers' lives comfortable, warm and well lit, no matter what. Our focus on people helps us understand the needs of the community and deliver the best service possible – no excuses.

We've worked on our networks for over 70 years to meet the changing needs of our customers. We are ready to meet the challenges ahead, we're powering our community are you?

Our Learning programmes offer an excellent opportunity to gain a career within an exciting industry where you truly make a difference every day. With the added benefit of earning a salary whilst gaining your education.

With the exciting challenges ahead for our business there truly is never a better time to join our family and make a real difference to our customers and the way in which our business operates.

Working for Renewable Operations

Jeremy Williamson – Director of Renewable Operations

Here at SSE we operate and maintain one of the largest renewable energy businesses within the UK. Our assets are located across the whole of the UK and Ireland and are a vital part of the national energy system. Working for Renewable Operations means you are part of a great team. We get the opportunity to work on a diverse range of equipment often in wonderful surroundings and we take great pride in a job well done.

Work is varied and challenging, from high end engineering such as maintaining modern multi-megawatt wind turbines or attending to hydro electric plant in remote highland glens. Then there’s our important environmental work with fisheries and wind farm habitat management. Equally as vital is the non engineering activities carried out by our commercial, administration and logistics teams, ensuring the site teams are supplied with vital parts and equipment.

We take pride in our teams doing the job safely and professionally, being supported with industry leading training and equipment, whilst providing an interesting and varied working environment. The work is challenging, but rewarding and varied, you will get the opportunity to do your best and develop yourself, whilst helping support the low carbon energy future.