Roseanna Cunningham MSP meets SSE's bright sparks

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and constituency MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, paid a visit to SSE’s state of the art training centre in Perth today. The visit marks the halfway point in National Apprenticeship Week and our campaign to encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as they decide what career path to take.

The Cabinet Secretary watched as some of our current batch of trainees were put through the rigorous exercises they must complete before taking up roles in the field to help keep the country’s lights on.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I was delighted to get the opportunity to meet apprentices and school pupils at SSE’s Training Centre this morning. It is great to see SSE investing in apprentices and Scotland’s future workforce as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

“Apprenticeships are life changing opportunities – providing the chance not only to work and earn, but also to achieve an industry recognised qualification to support future career ambitions.

“The Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to grow, widen, and enhance the Scottish apprenticeship family is providing more opportunities than ever before. We recognise that apprenticeships are an essential way for all employers in Scotland, regardless of size and sector, to develop their workforce and contribute to business and economic growth.”

John Stewart, SSE Director of Human Resources, said investing in apprentices and trainees is vital for the future of the energy industry:

“We invest heavily in our trainees, spending an average of £80,000 per recruit, bringing them up to our high standards. This investment is vital as the sector faces a skills gap in the years ahead as a significant part of the workforce approach retirement age.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way into a highly skilled and varied career with SSE with 95% of our recruits staying with us after they’ve served their time. We are delighted to use events like the one today to raise the profile of the benefits of an apprenticeship.”

SSE offers apprenticeship programmes lasting three to four years in nine different areas.  Trainees help maintain the 205,000km of SSE’s power lines across its distribution and transmission networks, work in its power stations, wind farms and hydro projects as well as carrying out commercial or domestic electrical work.

It puts trainees through foundation degrees as well as giving them work experience across the business. 

SSE’s Apprenticeship Programme is currently open to applicants but closes on 18 March so please visit our careers page to apply.