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We’re looking to finding better, more efficient and affordable ways of producing energy and need the next generation of apprentices and trainees to help us do this. 

Whether you’re at the beginning of your career journey or looking to take a new direction from the path you’re currently on, our apprenticeship and trainee programmes are open to all and offer a chance to earn money while you earn an accredited qualification.

Are you ready to kickstart your career with an SSE Apprenticeship or Trainee Engineering Programme?

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There are no minimum entry requirements for apprentices

Over 1700 people have come through our Apprenticeship programmes since 2010. As we move in to a new decade, we’re taking a brand-new approach. No more grades, no more entry requirements.

We’re looking for Apprentices who can demonstrate the seven key strengths we know they'll need to be successful: Drive, Ownership, Resilience, Learning Agility, Safety, Social Adaptability and Collaboration. It’s as simple as that.

Deciding the best route to take can be daunting. We’ve outlined exactly what you can expect from each opportunity.  Our Apprenticeship Programmes typically last three to four years.


You’ll be taught how to safely isolate various electrical systems of work and install various types of electrical containment. This could involve rewiring lights to dealing with a full electrical outage of power. The type of work involved means that you must be comfortable with working at height.


An Electrical Fitter is responsible for the maintenance, testing and repair of plant and equipment of the electricity network. You’ll learn how to safely install and maintain high voltage switchgear, transformers and control equipment.


Multi-Craft means multi-skilled. If you’re working within our Distribution business, there will be a combination of Linesperson and Jointer duties. In Renewables there will be Mechanical and Electrical Engineering positions. This apprenticeship typically takes four years to complete.


As part of our ongoing quest for talent, we are looking for Information Managers, Data Analyst and Data Scientists. With your help, our aim is to optimise the networks that will deliver decarbonisation of heat and transport through smart data.


A Cable Jointer works on underground electricity cables. It involves the excavation, installation, identification, jointing and connection of electricity cables.


Your work will range from installing boilers, pumps, isolating valves and radiators together with maintenance and remedial work. Within this role you’ll be taught how to cut, measure and install pipe work of various sizes with materials including steel, plastic and copper.


A Linesperson works on the overhead network and pole mounted equipment. In other words, you’ll be up high. You’ll be trained to work safely with technical equipment as part of a maintenance programme.

Control & Instrumentation

Instrumentation has a wide scope – on a day-to-day operational basis can expect to be involved in fault finding activities, chemical instrumentation checks, gas detection & communications (site-wide and control system).  

SSE Trainee Engineering Programme 

Our Trainee Engineers have a unique opportunity to combine work-based learning whilst studying towards an HNC in Electrical Engineering or a Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering, depending on the business area they work in. They undertake various work placements to put newly-learned knowledge into practice, gaining practical, hands-on experience. If you’re applying for a trainee position, you’ll need a minimum of Maths and Science (preferably Physics) at A2 Level (grade A-C) or in Scotland SQA Highers level (grade A-B). Alternatively, we will accept an equivalent qualification in a relevant Engineering subject, at a minimum of HNC level.

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Registration of Interest is open for our 2022 Trainee Engineer & Technical Staff Trainee Programme, If you register, we’ll email you when the vacancies open. 


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