Laura Sneddon: An apprenticeship case study

As we’re halfway through National Apprenticeship Week we’ve invited one of our current trainees to give an insight into life as an apprentice. 

Laura Sneddon is a 30-year-old Technical Skills Trainee (TST) with SSE’s Power Distribution business (SSEPD). She discovered SSE’s trainee scheme whilst browsing on Twitter during a gap year in Australia and loves the unpredictable nature of her job. 

She said: “The apprenticeship can take you anywhere – one day you might be out on a job and the next day you could be planning another, or learning about another part of the business. You spend time with jointers, liners and fitters, you undertake managerial-based placements and you spend around 13 weeks of the year studying for your degree. 

“I am 30 at the moment, but a lot of people on my course are in their 20s, to think by the time they reach my age they will have 10 years’ of experience behind them is quite something. I love my job and when I meet my friends I am always talking about the different things that I do.”

Research SSE has carried out with PwC tells us for every £1 we spend on our apprenticeship programme the net economic impact on society is £4.29.  SSE currently recruits more than 100 apprentices every year – investing an average of £80,000 in each trainee – with opportunities in Power Station Operations, Gas Service and Gas Installation, Mechanical and Electrical Contracting, and our Power Systems business.

Our apprenticeship programme is open now and we’d urge young people to consider a career in the energy industry and invest in their own future. 

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