Katy Fraser: An apprenticeship case study
Now we’re more than halfway through National Apprenticeship Week and with less than a week to apply to SSE’s Apprenticeship Scheme, we’ve invited another of our current trainees to give an insight into life as an apprentice.
Katy Fraser is an apprentice wind turbine technician at SSE’s Griffin wind farm, located between Perth and Aberfeldy. She finds the mixture of college and on the job training really useful in learning her trade and believes the SSE Apprenticeship scheme allows more opportunities to those who grow up in rural areas.
She said; “I was following the recruitment process on twitter before eventually applying online. We get a good mixture of training in college as well as on the job training. I think the company benefits from having younger minds with fresh eyes.
“I also think schemes like this one are important to those who grow up in rural communities, it allows us to gain skills we can use in our local area.”
Since 2007, more than 800 apprentices have been hired by SSE, which represents an overall investment of £64m.
SSE offers apprenticeship programmes lasting three to four years in nine different areas ranging from contracting (electrical, mechanical and heating and vent) Power Distribution (overhead lines, fitting and jointing), Generation (electrical, Mechanical and C and I) and home services (gas engineers).
It puts trainees through foundation degrees as well as giving them work experience across the business. Graduates then join a two year rotational programme to develop their skills and experience and become professional engineers.
Our apprenticeship programme is open now but will close on Sunday 15 March. We’d urge young people throughout the UK to consider a career in the energy industry and invest in their own future.
To find out more about career and training opportunities at SSE visit www.sse.com/careers
Katy also blogs for sse.com on her time in the Apprentice programme – to read what she has to say, please click here.