Graduate development programme

You can register your interest in our Graduate Development Programme now by following the link in the 'How to apply' section of this page.

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 from engineering disciplines to join our Graduate Programmes.

Our Distribution, Transmission, and Generation & Renewables businesses have opportunities for graduates from relevant engineering disciplines to join us in 2014 on programmes of one or two years.

How to apply

You can register your interest in our Graduate Development Programme today.

When completing your applications, you will be asked to select the programme that you are applying for. The programme details are outlined below. Please take your time to consider which programme you feel best meets your education, experience and career aspirations.

Your application will only be progressed for the programme you select on your application. Complete the application form full and take your time to read the questions and review your answers; once submitted there will be no opportunity to amend or make any additions.

Use the spell check functionality provided. Research our company - not only are we looking for the best Graduates, we want those with a genuine interest in SSE and the prospect of a long-term future with us. Make sure you stand out as we expect a high volume of applications.

Salary and benefit

  • Starting salary of £25,000
  • Group personal pension plan
  • Energy discount
  • Share incentive plan
  • Sharesave
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Vodafone employee discount
  • SSE Extras - discount shopping with a diverse range of online and High Street Retailers.

Documents

Graduate Programme - Placements by business (PDF)
Graduate training matrix (PDF)

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 2:2 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.

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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.

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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.

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