FAQs

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

General

How old do I have to be to be eligible to apply?

As an equal opportunities employer there are no age restrictions on any of our vacancies.

Are existing employees eligible to apply?

Yes. Existing employees can apply for all roles as advertised on the careers page as long as you meet the entry requirements for the programme.

I am an International student/applicant am I eligible for the graduate programme?

If you already have your visa in place and therefore have the right to work in UK you are welcome to apply.

However, we are unable to sponsor applicants whom require a visa to work in UK and therefore would not be able to progress your application if you are in this situation. 

How often do you recruit?

We recruit for the graduate programme every year with applications being accepted in September and until the end of October.

What will my working hours be?

Your contractual working hours will be 37 each week. Your start and finish times will be flexible in accordance with your placement location’s requirements.

Will I get any holidays?

Yes. Your contracted holidays will be 34 days each year, inclusive of bank holidays. These must be agreed in advance with your line manager.

Is SSE an equal opportunities employer?

SSE values the differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation, through the wide ranging knowledge and experience of individuals from all sectors of society. 

SSE will not discriminate because of the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief (which includes political belief in Northern Ireland), sex or sexual orientation and membership of a travelling community in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We will not discriminate because of any other irrelevant factor. 

SSE will build a culture that values openness, fairness and transparency, and in which all decisions are based on merit.  

SSE recognises the need to maximise the value of its contribution to diversity and inclusion and will endeavour to maintain a highly skilled and motivated workforce, in an environment where all employees have an equal opportunity to progress within SSE. 

SSE will take positive steps to encourage diversity and demonstrate inclusivity for all members of society in our workforce. 

SSE reviews our conditions of service, benefits and facilities to ensure they are fair for all staff. 

SSE will monitor the physical features of our premises to consider whether they place disabled workers, job applicants or service users at a substantial disadvantage compared to other staff and take efforts to make our premises accessible for all.

If you are disabled or become disabled, we encourage you to tell us about your condition so that we can identify what steps we can take to support you.

What are the benefits available to SSE employees?

**Link to benefits on the ‘Our Programmes page’**

The Programme

How will the programme benefit me?

SSE’s Engineering programme is accredited by:

This means you will benefit from an assessed, approved and recommended Initial Development Programme designed to build on the personal and technical competences needed for eventual professional registration.

Within the IT programme you’ll learn the role IT plays within a large FTSE 100 company.  The areas you will get to experience include:

  • Emerging Technology, intriguing innovation
  • Infrastructure support which keeps all our employees connected
  • System architecture, allowing you to understand the complex IT landscape
  • Application development where you provide user-friendly solutions to complex problems
  • Project management which gives you the opportunity to lead business change

Where does my discipline fit?

Wholesale Programme – Mechanical or Electrical degree required

Networks Programme – Electrical, Electronics or Civil degree required

What Qualification will I gain?

There is no formal qualification to be gained but you will have completed a 2 year accredited programme and learned priceless skills on the job with our experienced engineers. You will also be well on the way to achieving professional registration if you keep up the hard work.

Can I complete my programme part-time?

No, this is full time programme.

Do you help with the relocation process if required?

No.

What will the assessment process look like?

What are the pay rates for graduates?

The 2017 offering is not yet available and will be in keeping with engineering and utilities pay scales.  The pay rate for last years graduate intake was £27,400.

Additional qualifications?

SSE will pay for additional qualifications where they are deemed necessary for the role.

How is the Engineering programme structured?

The programme is an initial development period of two years and combines personal development focus with work experience. Rotational placements are designed to build practical skills whilst the graduate applies their technical knowledge to SSE’s engineering working practices and is the foundation for eventual professional registration. 

Graduates are developed for responsibilities as engineers within the Wholesale (Generation and renewables) or Networks (Distribution and Transmission) businesses. 

The first year will be a structured programme of work based training across the Group including: 

  • First week residential Induction  
  • Combined graduate project with defined personal development outcomes, including development of networking, entrepreneurial and project skills  - c 12hrs per month over 6 month duration 
  • Work based experience – 3 to 6 month rotational placements, subject to business needs.
  • Involvement in conferences, working groups and forums are actively encouraged.
  • Formal training - dependent on business needs. 

During the second year you’ll have the opportunity to deliver in a department specific to your preferences. Your personal and technical development is still key and you will continue to be mentored and your performance assessed. 

How is the IT programme structured?

The programme is a two year duration during which you will rotate through our internal IT teams gaining a broad knowledge of how we operate and support our business areas. Each rotation will be for 3 to 6 months, and you will have relevant objectives and learning outcomes to achieve.

There are elective rotations where you can choose an area of IT to work that you are particularly interested in.

You will be able to develop your professional skills through additional training in communications, presentation, negotiation and similar areas.

Technology training will be available dependant on business needs

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be placed in a role in an IT team relevant to your experience and career development.

Can I rotate my placements between business areas?

Both business are regulated therefore you can’t transfer between them during the programme.  This would not prevent you working in a different business area in the future.

Am I guaranteed a job when I finish?

Our offer is a permanent offer with SSE.

What happens after the programme ends?

We want to give you the best opportunity for your future career with SSE and will offer a role suited to your skills and experience. You are also eligible to apply for any live vacancies on www.sse.com/careers 

The application process

How do I apply?

You must apply for the graduate programme online.  The application form can be found here: http://www.sse.com/careers

What can I expect from the recruitment process?

How long does the recruitment process last?

If I’m unavailable for one of the dates, am I able to reschedule?

We’ll do our best to let you know when the assessment centres are likely to take place so that you can make sure you will be available should you be invited to attend but we understand that things can come up.  We will do our best to arrange an alternative date but we can not guarantee this.

How will I be notified about news regarding the programme?

You will be notified on the progress of your application by email.  This includes any invitation to attend assessments or interviews.

I wasn’t accepted this year how can I improve my chances for the future?

We receive such a high volume of applications for the programme, that we are unable to provide feedback on applications that are unsuccessful before interview.  If you are invited to a telephone interview or assessment centre then please ask our recruitment team and we’ll be happy to discuss your interview with you. Reach us on apprenticesandtrainees@sse.com

If I am not successful at gaining a place first time round, can I reapply the following year?

Yes.  Your application would be considered for another intake of the programme.

What happens once I get an offer?

How can I contact the recruitment team?

If you haven’t found the answer to your question in our FAQs you can contact the recruitment team at apprenticesandtrainees@sse.com or alternatively at 0345 072 1942.

On boarding

What level of support will I receive?

As well as the dedicated Graduate Programme Manager, you’ll receive all the support you’ll need through your sponsoring manager, professional mentor and a graduate buddy. There is also a dedicated Business Co-ordinator who advises and monitors your progress throughout the programme.

At the end of the 2 year programme, you’ll continue to be supported by your professional mentor and Graduate Programme Manager to ensure that you’re experiencing the relevant technical breadth & depth to satisfy application for professional status. Additional support and learning opportunities are discussed at Performance Management reviews and you will own your personal development plan, putting recommended actions in place.