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GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES 

Ready to build a better world? Start here.

You want to make an impact. You want your ideas to count. And you want to get your career off to a flying start.

We're the UK and Ireland's clean green energy champion. If you're ready to power change, one of our graduate development programmes could be right for you.

Our available roles

Our graduate development programmes are located all over the UK and across our different business units. Take a look at the roles we have available and see if you find one that feels right for you.

Environment and SHE Graduate Programme - September 2023 Intake Corporate - CEO 543349 Perthshire. Renfrewshire Scotland United Kingdom Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Safety, Health, Environment & Sustainability This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
Quantity Surveying Graduate Programme - Distribution SSEN - Distribution 542938 Berkshire. Wiltshire. Hampshire Berkshire. England. Hampshire United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom. Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. Hampshire, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Construction, Distribution, Utilities x
HR Graduate Programme - September 2023 Intake Corporate - CEO 543193 Perthshire Scotland United Kingdom Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Human Resources This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
Engineering Graduates - Thermal September 2023 Intake Thermal Energy 542752 Dublin. Berkshire. West Yorkshire. Lanarkshire. Renfrewshire County Dublin. Berkshire. England. Scotland Ireland. United Kingdom Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. Berkshire, United Kingdom. West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, ML1 2QN. Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Engineering, Engineering - Electrical / C&I, Hydrogen (PtX) / Alternative Energies, Thermal This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme - Distribution September 2023 Intake SSEN - Distribution 542760 Berkshire. Oxfordshire. Hampshire. Aberdeenshire. Highlands. Inverness. Perthshire Berkshire. England. Hampshire. Scotland United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom. Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Hampshire, United Kingdom. Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Distribution, Engineering, Engineering - Electrical / C&I This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
SSE Land and Consents Graduate Programme - September 2023 Intake Early Careers (Registrations Only) 542826 Berkshire. Aberdeenshire. Inverness. Perthshire Berkshire. Scotland United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom. Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Distribution, Land and Consents, Transmission We have ambitious net zero targets, and our business is growing to help us achieve our strategy. We're looking for graduates who can bring fresh ideas, new skills and creative thinking, to deliver innovative solutions to help us reach net zero. Th...
Engineering Graduates - Transmission SSEN - Transmission 542641 Inverness. Perthshire Scotland United Kingdom Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Engineering, Engineering - Electrical / C&I, Engineering - Mechanical, Transmission This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
Commercial Graduate Programme - Distribution SSEN - Distribution 542808 Berkshire. Inverness. Perthshire Berkshire. Scotland United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom. Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom. Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Administration & Business Support, Apprenticeships & Graduates, Commercial, Distribution This is an exciting time to join SSE, you have the power to make a change and help us build a better, more sustainable world of energy for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.
Quantity Surveying Graduate Programme - Thermal Thermal Energy 542937 West Yorkshire. Lanarkshire. Perthshire England. Scotland United Kingdom West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, ML1 2QN. Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Apprentices, Trainee & Graduate Programmes Apprenticeships & Graduates, Civils/Structural, Commercial, Procurement, Thermal, Utilities x

 

 

Be part of the change

Whatever programme you choose, you'll gain hands-on experience across a number of exciting business areas. You'll develop invaluable practical skills. You'll build a supportive network. And you could obtain professional qualifications or charterships, such as IMECHE, ICE and IET.

Transitioning from student life to your first big career break may feel a little daunting. But we understand the need for work-life balance. So when you join SSE, you’ll benefit from our commitment to flexible working. We call it Flexible First. This could mean a hybrid approach with a blend of working from home and in the office or it could mean flexibility across the working week, where operational requirements allow. One size will not fit all – each employee, manager and team will work together to find the most suitable approach.


 

 

Engineering

SSE's engineering graduate programmes offer you a structured and challenging development programme where you'll have the support of the Learning and Development Graduate Programme Manager and a business mentor to help you reach your full potential. Our programmes are accredited by the IET, ICE and IMechE and offer a route to Professional Registration. All our engineering graduate programmes are two years long, offering a variety of placements that allow you develop your knowledge and skills.

 

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Commercial

On our commercial graduate programmes, you will play a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future. Whatever programme you choose, you will undertake a series of placements in various departments across the business such as:

  • Business planning & performance
  • Strategy & sustainability
  • Innovation & commercial policy
  • Corporate affairs

 

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IT

The SSE IT graduate programme offers you a unique opportunity to shape your own learning. This is a two-year programme split into four six month placements across the SSE business units, with a variety of areas available for you to focus on during the programme including:

  • Security
  • Service Delivery
  • Data and Analytics
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Analysis
  • Agile and Dev Ops         

 

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Finance

Our three-year finance graduate development programme gives you the opportunity to operate at the heart of our critical a finance functions whilst attaining a prestigious Chartered Accountant (CA) professional qualification. Across the programme, you will work across several businesses within SSE and by the end of your third year you’ll have the opportunity to become a Chartered Accounting Professional.

 

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Land & Consents

As a land & consents graduate at SSE, you will be working to secure, maintain and manage strategic land and property rights across a portfolio of projects within your chosen business unit. You’ll gain hands-on experience, travel to different SSE sites across the UK and develop your skills. There’s also the opportunity to work towards a recognised environmentalist accreditation with IEMA.

Once you complete the two-year programme, many graduates choose to continue their career at SSE as Land Managers, Consents Advisors, Forestry Managers amongst other roles.

 

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HR

HR is a critical function in SSE, allowing us to drive towards our ambitious net zero goals. That's why we need talented, ambitious graduates to join our team and help us to power change.

Throughout the two year programme, you will work across various areas of HR and have the opportunity to get involved in different projects. You'll be supported every step of the way too.

 

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Have a question?

Are you based internationally and want to know how that impacts your application?  Do you want to know more about additional support and adjustments we can provide throughout the recruitment process?  Whatever your question, we can help! We’ve pulled together answers to some of the most common questions graduates ask us. 

 

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How we recruit

Ready to power change on our Graduate Development Programme?

We have a four-stage selection process that helps us both find out if this is the right move for you.

Submit an online application ahead of the vacancy closing date. We’ll ask you to attach your CV and tell us about yourself. It’s that simple.

Our online test has two parts:

  1. Situational Judgement Test. You’ll be asked to consider a scenario and decide the most appropriate course of action.
  2. Ability Tests. You’ll be asked to complete tests that assess your Numerical, Inductive and Deductive reasoning.

If you’d like to get a feel for what’s involved, here are some practice tests. If you need any adjustments to complete these tests, please email us at graduates@sse.com before you do them and we’ll be happy to help.

If you’re successful in our online test stage, you’ll be invited to attend an online video interview. You can do this at a time that suits you best. A video interview is a great opportunity to really sell yourself, but you may feel a little out of your comfort zone. If so, here are some tips:

  • Find somewhere quiet where you won’t get distracted. Be sure to switch your phone to silent.
  • Prepare properly. Make sure your surroundings are neat and well-lit, and you have a reliable internet connection. Test your audio and webcam in plenty of time ahead of the interview.
  • Practice, practice, practice (it really does make perfect). You’ll have the chance to rehearse your responses before recording, so make the most of this. It’ll help your final take shine.
  • It might feel a little strange but just be yourself, like you would in any other interview.
  • Stay focused on the camera and remember to smile.

When you’ve made it through the first three stages, this is your chance to shine in person! The assessment is likely to include a group exercise, a presentation, and an interview. You’ll be given plenty of time to prepare, and to inform us of any special adjustments you require.

Good luck!

Want to know more? This video breaks downs our recruitment process and gives you a feel for what to expect at each stage.

 

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