School kids shown the ropes for a career in energy

School pupils were given a sneak peek into an SSE career as National Apprenticeship Week kicked off today.
This week, more than 200 kids will try their hand at a variety of situations apprentices are trained to handle as they build the skills for a career in energy.

Young people were put through their paces learning how to find and fix faults on the power network, what it’s like to work in confined spaces, climb towers and also vital lessons on safety and even the opportunity to have a go on the aerial work platform.

The potential energy recruits of the future also met with current SSE apprentices working across the company in a variety of roles including engineering, line working, electricians and jointers.

The UK energy industry faces a skills gap with more than 200,000 people needing to be recruited in the next decade. Half the energy sector workforce will likely retire by 2023 and SSE is investing heavily in its workforce, including apprentices.

It’s recruited more than 1,800 apprentices since 1998 and is committed to investing in the training and skills needed as the industry takes advantage of technology for the future.
Judy Preece, Apprenticeship Performance & Quality Manager at SSE, said: “Our apprenticeship programme is one of the best in the UK and we want to give young people a first-hand experience of what it’s like on our apprenticeship schemes.

“The energy sector is diverse and brimming with opportunity with high skilled roles on offer across the country."

“Our apprenticeship programmes are still open and there’s time yet to apply - we hope some of these young people enjoying these visits will seriously consider a career in energy in the future.”

Across the week pupils will be visiting SSE’s state-of-the-art training centres in Perth and Thatcham, near Reading.

SSE currently has three apprenticeship programmes open for applications – and there’s time yet to apply before the Sunday 10th March 2019 deadline. To find out more visit our careers page.