FAQs

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.

The Programme

How will the programme benefit me?

The SSE Trainee Engineer programme will not only give you a minimum of a HNC degree from a highly respected University but you will also gain hands on practical work experience which many university students do not always receive. On top of that your academic provider fees, accommodation and travel will be paid for by SSE meaning no debt once you complete the programme. You will also be provided with tools, equipment and PPE. In addition you will also receive a salary and benefits package.

What Qualification will I gain?

You will achieve a minimum of an HNC level of qualification on our Trainee Engineer Programme.

Can I complete my programme part-time?

No, this is full time programme.

Do you help with the relocation process if required?

No, if you choose a role out with the area you currently live you would need to find your own accommodation.

What would happen if I left the programme?

You would need to repay any fees which you have incurred up to that point by being on the programme.

How is the programme structured?

At the start of your programme you would initially attend a week long induction into SSE most likely at our Thatcham site or Perth Site dependant on which is closest to you. During this week you will meet your programme coordinator, key members of SSE staff and SSE mentors. In your second week you would attend your induction at University/College. From then onwards you will work each week out of your local SSE site and you will attend University/College for 2-3 week blocks each term.

Am I guaranteed a job when I finish?

On the run up to your successful completion of the Trainee Engineer programme your programme coordinator and your manager will work with you to look at your future opportunities at SSE.

The application process

How do I apply?

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

How long does the recruitment process last?

We usually open for applications in January and plan to be at the end of the recruitment process by May/June. This allows time for us to conduct each stage of the recruitment process.

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. You can email our inbox if you find you have any issues at apprenticesandtrainees@sse.com.

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 you would just need to complete an application online the following year.

What happens once I get an offer?

We initially make offers to candidates verbally over the phone. We will then confirm this offer to you in an email and if you accept our offer we will then begin the process to get your contract of employment sent out to you. This can take roughly 6 weeks.

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.