Graduate development programmes and undergraduate opportunities

Starting salary £25,000 to £26,500 (dependent on skills and experience)

As one of the UK's largest and most diverse energy companies, we're always looking to identify great talent to support SSE's growth in the energy industry. We're looking for bright, ambitious graduates with a genuine interest in SSE and the prospect of a long term future with us to join our Graduate Programmes within Engineering disciplines and IT.

For those still currently undertaking their degree we have opportunities for Undergraduate Summer Placements and quite often those placements have led to candidates securing a place on one of our Graduate Programmes. 

Our Power Distribution, Transmission and Generation & Renewables businesses have opportunities for graduates from relevant engineering disciplines. Our IT function is also looking for Graduates to become ‘future leaders’ in the key IT roles within SSE. Graduate Programmes at SSE last one to two years and encourage you to experience as many departments across your chosen business area as possible in order to find your future career path.

What’s more, throughout your time on the Programme you will be supported by a business sponsor such as a current SSE Engineer or IT Manager and a member from the Learning and Development team who will track your progress, guide you in selection of your business area placements and assist you in finding a suitable career path in SSE following completion of the Programme. 

The benefits that money can't buy

When you turn your passion into a career inspiration, innovation and excitement shouldn’t be replaced with ‘that Monday morning feeling’. That’s why you’ll work across a whole range of diverse business areas so you can find what you’re good at but most importantly, what you enjoy most.

  • Generous starting salary with annual reviews;
  • Generous holiday entitlement;
  • Group Pension Plan;
  • Discount on energy and related products;
  • Two share options - SIP and Sharesave;
  • 20% Vodafone discount for up to five numbers; and
  • SSE Extras - discount shopping with a diverse range of online and high street retailers.


Engineering Placement examples (PDF)
Graduate training matrix (PDF)

Calendar of Events

Updated calendar for Autumn 2015 coming soon


Hear from our graduates

Graduate Photo
Name: Adam Bain
Location: Perth
Qualification(s): Masters of Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Distinction (MEng) Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Graduate Programme: Power Distribution
Current Projects: As the subsea cable manager, managing 111 inter-island circuits, I am currently responding to  a fault on the West coast of Scotland and proposing future installations.
Why SSE? I always wanted to work within the energy industry and SSE struck me as being a great place to work with good opportunities for progression.
Top Tip: Be willing to carry out any work, even if it doesn't interrest you to begin with. You never know what you'll learn.
Adam Bain 
Name: Russell Stewart
Location: Glasgow
Qualification(s): MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering
Graduate Programme: Renewables
Current Projects: I work at Dunmaglass wind farm which has 33 turbines and is a 94MW project.
Why SSE? I chose SSE due to the variety of large civil engineering projects they undertake in the energy industry, the diversity of the work they are involved in and for the opportunity to develop my career through the Graduate Programme.
Top Tip: Look for a company that has a well established graduate programme that provides the training, experience and opportunities you require.
Russell Stewart 



You can now register your interest in our Engineering Graduate Programme for 2016, just click on the link and fill out a short registration form.

Our programmes

Power Distribution programme

Our Power Distribution Programme is designed to prepare you for a future operational or people management role within SSE Power Distribution.

SSE Power Distribution is responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland.

We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK.

Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England and we have been recognised as Britain’s safety power distributor.

You’ll find a variety of engineering roles available in Power Distribution across Perth, Reading and Portsmouth, from Major Project roles to Control Room, Commercial and Future Networks.

Depending on base location and business requirements, your training period may last one or two years.

You’ll have a minimum of a 2:1 BEng in Electrical Engineering and display strong self motivation and team working skills as well as a genuine interest in developing a career in the energy industry.

Base locations for this programme will be Perth, Reading and Inverness.


Transmission programme

Our Transmission Programme is accredited by the IET and IMechE, and offers professional development towards Chartered Engineer status. The programme is designed to support career development into technical design, or project management roles.

Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc is responsible for maintaining and investing in the transmission network in the north of Scotland. The network comprises almost 5,300km of high voltage overhead lines and underground cables and serves around 70% of the land mass of Scotland. As the licensed transmission company for the area, SHE Transmission has to ensure there is sufficient network capacity for those within it seeking to generate electricity from renewable and other sources.

SHE Transmission is SSE’s fastest-growing and fastest-changing business, where the core activity for much of the next decade will be construction. Against this background, its priorities for 2012/13 and beyond are to:

  • complete successfully the remaining stages of the RIIO T1 price control process;
  • meet key milestones in projects under construction, in a way that is consistent with all safety and environmental requirements;
  • make progress with projects in development; and
  • ensure it has the people, skills, resources, supply chain and stakeholder relationships that will be necessary to support growth on a significant scale.

You'll undertake placements of 3 – 6 months, gaining experience in major engineering works to establish an interest and understanding in the different branches of engineering and design principles. If correctly authorised, you may also be given responsibility for managing small projects, and supervising craftsmen or contractors.

You’ll find a variety of roles within Transmission; include Cable, Civil, Substation, Protection & Control, and Overhead Line Engineering. Roles are based in Perth, Inverness and Aberdeen. Travel and stays away from base location will be required on this programme.

You’ll have a minimum of MEng in Electrical, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, although BEng may be considered with strong evidence of relevant work or project experience. You’ll display a flexible approach to work and travel, and a strong desire to pursue professional development to IEng or CEng.

Base locations for this programme will be in Glasgow, Perth and Inverness.


Generation & Renewables programme

Our Generation and Renewables Programme is accredited by the IET and IMechE, and offers professional development towards Chartered Engineer status. The programme is designed to support career development in technical design or project management roles, aiming to develop engineering managers and leaders of the future.

SSE has an ownership interest in over 13,000MW of capacity, comprising of Gas and Oil, Coal and Renewable sources in the UK and Ireland. With this portfolio we have the greatest fuel diversity for generating electricity among UK generators and amongst the most flexible. It also makes us the largest generator of electricity from renewable sources across the UK and Ireland.

In addition we currently have a further 10,000MW of capacity under construction.

Initially, you will join SSE’s Engineering ‘Centre of Excellence’, the centre plays a significant role in the delivery of our multi £billion investment programme, and operation of our generation capacity. The team provide expertise across a wide range of engineering disciplines to ensure successful project design development and leading edge asset management activities.

You’ll undertake placements of 3 – 6 months, gaining experience of different asset types across the UK.

We have opportunities for Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Chemical Engineering graduates based at Perth, Glasgow or West Yorkshire. Travel and stays away from base location will be required on this programme.

You’ll have a minimum of MEng in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or Chemical Engineering, and ideally have some relevant work or project experience. You’ll display a flexible approach to work and travel, and a strong desire to pursue professional development to IEng or CEng.

Base locations for this programme will be in Glasgow, West Yorkshire and Perth.


IT Programme

SSE is one of the largest and most diverse energy companies in the UK. We’re still growing. We have ambitious plans for the future. This is your opportunity to not only have a central role in how we achieve our goals, but to grow with us as well. We’re looking for bright, ambitious graduates with Computer Science or Computer Science with Business / Economics discipline to join our Graduate Programmes.

After year one you will be able to choose to join one of our functions within Solution Delivery, Service Delivery, Emerging Technology, or Projects.

Whichever one you go for your salary will start at up to £28,000. Alternatively we have summer placement opportunities for any undergraduates studying the above disciplines.

Undergraduate Summer Placements

Our Undergraduate Summer placement opportunities last for 10 weeks and ideally will potentially lead to a place on one of our Graduate Development Programmes. We take undergraduate placements across our Networks and Generation and Renewables businesses for Engineering based in either Perth, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, West Yorkshire or Reading and for our IT Programme placements will usually be in the South of England at one of our Southampton, Portsmouth or Reading sites.