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Proud To Make a Difference

At SSE, our job is to provide the energy people rely on every day in a reliable, responsible and sustainable way. We are proud to make an Olympic sized contribution of around £9 billion to the UK economy every year. We’re training 500 trainees, spending an average of £80,000 per person to develop their talent. It’s an investment in their future – and ours. 

A FTSE 100 company with some 20,000 employees, we’re still growing and have ambitious plans for the future.  Our accredited apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity not only to play a part in achieving our goals, but to grow with us as well. As we look to finding better, more efficient and affordable ways of producing energy, there’s huge scope for you to make a contribution at SSE. 

We offer a number of different development programmes across our Energy businesses and within IT. We’re delighted to share with you a little bit more about each of the programmes currently available.  Because we are so large and diverse, we recommend you spend a little time reviewing the below information and looking through the different menus on the left-hand side of your screen where you will find out more SSE and some of the journeys and experiences our current apprentices have enjoyed.

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.

Click here for more information on the apprenticeships available in our Energy Networks business.

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.

Click here for more information on the apprenticeships available in our Renewable Operations business.

Working for SSE Enterprise Contracting

At SSE Enterprise Contracting, we’re one of the UK’s largest mechanical and electrical contracting businesses with the capacity to deliver the widest scope of services to the broadest range of customers.

We’re also the largest street lighting contractor responsible for managing over one million lamps through 24 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, and a further 28 authorities in the Republic of Ireland.

Click here for more information on the apprenticeships available in our Contracting business.

Working for IT

Bob Pottle Head of IT Delivery Enterprise

“We have a great opportunity for College Leavers to join the SSE IT department as a Degree Apprentice, to learn about IT and also study for a BSc (Hons) degree in Digital and Technology Solutions. This is combining the best of both worlds to gain valuable work experience, earn a competitive salary and gain a degree with no tuition fees – SSE and the Skills Funding Agency pay the tuition fees for the degree course.

We are looking for bright, talented people with a genuine interest in technology, who are willing to work with us and learn broad aspects of IT in an exciting and changing industry. The Energy and Utilities sector is undergoing tremendous change at the moment, whether it’s Smart Meters in Retail, Renewable Technologies in Generation or regulatory change and major investment in Networks.

IT is constantly changing to meet business needs, we are investing significant sums, and growing our capabilities in new and emerging technologies. This is a period of exciting change and Degree Apprentices joining SSE have the opportunity to be at the heart of this. We will help you develop your technical skills, aligning with the degree course modules, as well as getting you involved in the business areas of IT such as finance, planning and project management. You’ll be helped with personal development and soft skills such as communications and presentation skills, and we have a mentoring network to provide additional support and guidance.

You’ll need to work hard over the 4 years, but at the end of it you’ll have invaluable experience, a degree, and a chance to actively contribute to our business”.

Click here for more information on the apprenticeship available in our IT business.