SSE Enterprise - A different route into an Apprenticeship with SSE

This week marks National Apprentice Week, which represents a major opportunity to highlight the talent of 190 apprentices currently doing a variety of skilled jobs across SSE Enterprise. This includes everything from electrical installation, heating and ventilation, to plumbing and power networks.  Apprenticeships last up to four years, and they offer participants the opportunity to ‘earn and learn on the job’. When qualified, apprentices are then usually offered a permanent role within the company.

So what’s involved? Our apprentices are supported through their qualifications by SSE and the training process will help them develop the skills and knowledge to set them up for their careers.

The quality of our current apprentices was demonstrated this month when three of them, Scott Simpson, Conor Butters and Morna Grant, won their respective class prizes at Glasgow Kelvin College. This is a prestigious accolade with one recipient per year chosen by the lecturers, taking into account quality of work and attitude and application to it. Special congratulations to the three of them for this achievement.

Apprenticeships not only offer huge opportunities for participants, they are also one of the most proven ways of bringing new talent into the business - and are important to ensure SSE Enterprise has the skills and experience in its workforce to continue to develop and compete. As such, it is critical employers continue to promote them and their benefits, raising their profile with teachers, parents and pupils alike.

Often the A-Level and university route remains perceived as the ‘gold-standard’ by young people, their parents and teachers. While different routes will suit different individuals, we need to make sure apprenticeships do not get cast as a less appealing or secondary option. For example, it is little recognised that top apprenticeships are often more competitive than undergraduate places in the best universities. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and inspire the next generation, this week there are activities taking place at Perth and Thatcham Training Schools providing visiting schoolchildren with an insight into the power industry.

It is not just school children we should be looking to inspire. Apprenticeships may traditionally be viewed as for those recently leaving education, but in fact apprenticeships offer a great way to pursue a new career and develop skills whatever age you are. Recently released Government statistics show that people aged 25 and over accounted for 46% of apprenticeship starts in 2016/17. Those aged under 19 accounted for just 25%.

If you would like to know any more about the apprenticeships SSE and its Enterprise business offers please visit the careers section of our website.