What's required?

What you'll need to know before you apply.

What you’ll need

To apply you should have, or be on target to achieve, Maths and Physics at  A2 Level (A-C) or SQA Higher (A-B), as well as English at GCSE (A -C) or National 5's in Scotland.

Alternatively, you may already be experienced within a technical role, and hold a minimum of HNC or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline. If successful, it’s not essential that you can drive straight away, however due to the level of mobility in the role, you’ll need a full UK driving licence by the end of your second year.

What you’ll bring

We believe the family atmosphere in SSE is due to the motivated people who work with us and share our values. In our annual engagement survey our staff voted us as a great place to work.

As safety is always top of our agenda we’re keen to find people who are safety conscious and act as “their brother’s keeper”. We also strive for excellence and to be the best at everything we do so we’ll encourage you to be imaginative, share your good ideas and work to a high standard.

You’ll be well organised and self driven with the motivation to complete your Foundation Degree successfully. You’ll be working alongside others and there will be times when you could be in the ‘driving seat’, therefore it’s important that you have excellent interpersonal skills.


You’ll work towards a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering which is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. This is normally achieved after two years of study and can be upgraded to a BEng with Honours by studying additional modules if you wish to fund this yourself. The Aston Foundation Degree is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as an academic entry point to achieving Incorporated Engineer status (IEng) after four - six years work experience.

As a Trainee Engineer, you’ll attend SSE in-house courses which may lead to operational authorisations including LV and HV Switching or (Senor Authorised Person) SAP status.


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