Darcie Lynch tells how SSE’s apprenticeship scheme is the perfect route for more women to carve a career in energy

Today is International Women’s Day and also marks the end of National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate both we asked one of SSE’s newest recruits what attracted her to a career in energy.

Darcie Lynch from Dundee is a first year Multi-Craft Apprentice who joined SSE’s apprenticeship programme straight from high school in September last year. Training to be a jointer within Scottish and Southern Energy Networks, she will master a variety of engineering and technical skills which will help keep the lights on for thousands of homes and businesses across the company’s North of Scotland patch. 

Darcie said: “I chose to take the apprenticeship route rather than university because you can do the training and achieve qualifications while earning money at the same time. 

“For me university seemed too theory-based and I wanted to do something where I’d get hands on, practical experience. I can be climbing up poles and learning about overhead lines one day to studying in a college classroom the next. It is the perfect route for me.”

On International Women’s Day, a global campaign which celebrates the achievements of women, Darcie said teachers can help encourage more women into energy and help address the balance in a sector that is generally male dominated.  She said: “I think teachers have an important role to play not only in promoting technical and engineering roles to girls but also highlighting the opportunities on offer via apprenticeship schemes. All too often the focus is on university and apprenticeship schemes get overlooked. And by doing this it’s possible that great people and career possibilities are also being overlooked. On-the-job, practical training routes like apprenticeships are just as important.”

SSE has recruited more than 1,800 apprentices since 1998 and is committed to investing in the training and skills needed for the future. All this week school pupils have been visiting SSE’s state-of-the-art training centres in Perth and Thatcham to get a flavour of what it’s like to work in the energy industry.

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