Blog - Engineering Craft Apprentices

Hear from some of our current crop of Engineering Craft Apprentices in our regularly updated blog below.

Chloe Mannion - Engineering Craft Apprentice

Introducing Chloe

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Name: Chloe Mannion
Job: Electrical Apprentice
Location: Chichester

Hi my name's Chloe and I'm 20. I'm currently on the first year of my apprenticeship in electrical installation. I left college in 2015 with no idea what to do. I started searching for apprenticeships a year later and came across SSE, I read into the company and more about the apprenticeship and I was really impressed. It's been six months since I started and I really enjoy coming into work (even the early starts) and experiencing something new everyday.


2017 - August

As I'm sure most of you know, we're coming to end of the school holidays. This has been an especially busy period as lots of schools want works done while the students are off.

I've been bouncing around schools in different areas and I'm currently working at my old secondary school, which is perfect as it's only down the road but it's strange as I see all the background areas that were obviously off limits when I was a student.

2017 - June

Since my last update, I have been back from college for 3 months and have been working hard with some of the electricians at my depot. I’ve been doing lots of different work in different places from schools to fire stations and am enjoying every minute.

2017 - May

Since my last update, I have been back from College for three months and have been working hard with some of the electricians at my depot. I've been doing lots of different work in different places, from schools to fire stations, and I'm enjoying every minute!

2017 - March

In these past couple of weeks I've been at work and college. For college, we go away for block weeks dotted around the year and stay away at a hotel with our class mates.

As well as making it easier than commuting, it helps build really good relationships with the others in class and in the past 7 months I've made some great friends.

I've been busy at work with some installations which will help to complete my NVQ so after all the exams, I will be a fully qualified electrician.

Conor Butters - Engineering Craft Apprentice

Introducing Conor

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Name: Conor Butters
Job: Electrical Apprentice
Location: Glasgow

My name is Conor. I started my SSE plumbing apprenticeship in August 2016. I can't believe I'm already half way through my  first year! I'm really enjoying my job and I'm learning new skills everyday by either being hands on the tools, by watching my first class tradesman or by learning key skills at college. The progression I've made in 6 months is huge. When I started I didn't even know what half the tools in my bag were called or even what they were for!


2017 - July

Over the past few weeks I have moved to a different site. It has been interesting getting to see how a different site works and how different buildings get their plumbing systems installed. The site I’m at now is pretty small compared to the previous one I was on but it shows that no matter the sizes of the buildings, the principles of plumbing are mostly the same.

I am almost about to start my second year at college which will further develop my learning to help me through my apprenticeship.

2017 - April

Over the past few weeks I have been finishing off my first year college course. We have been completing the end of unit assessments on all of the different modules we have to learn.

On site we have been installing sanitary wear from sinks to disabled pans. I have also been turning the water on in the building and learning about what is involved in getting the water to flow to the tap and how it gets back into the sewage system.

Christopher Shortt - Engineering Craft Apprentice

Introducing Christopher


Name: Christopher Shortt
Job: Former Craftsperson Apprentice, now Fitter
Location: Dunblane

Hi my name is Chris and I’m 32.  I started my apprenticeship in 2011 at the age of 25. Prior to my apprenticeship I’d tried Engineering at university but found it wasn’t for me. I’d always enjoyed working with my hands and worked as a bicycle mechanic for a few years. I wanted something more challenging so I applied to the SSE apprenticeship programme and thankfully I was accepted.   I found the apprenticeship to be fantastic! It combined hands on work with learning which I found very rewarding and suited my skills and interests really well. After finishing the apprenticeship in 2015 I have continued to learn and develop loads of new skills and responsibilities.


2018 - February

A busy few months. In December I passed my Senior Authorised Person (SAP) Authorisation at our training school in Perth. Being an SAP allows me to make parts of the network safe to work on and then issue Safety Documents to work parties to allow them to stay safe.

It is a lot of extra responsibly but it will open up a lot of new areas for gaining experience and it allows me to be a more useful member of the team.

Apart from that there is still lots of new tasks to get to grips with, we’ve been installing some remote control actuators on switchgear which allow us to get customers back on quickly when we have faults on our network, its needed us to develop some new skills but its satisfying work.