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Apprentice - Distribution - Electrical Power Networks Engineer


Apprentice - Distribution - Electrical Power Networks Engineer

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Base Location: Reading, Portsmouth, Poole, New Forest, Slough

Salary:  Circa £19,000 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent Full Time

What is the Role? 

Our Electrical Power Networks Engineer Apprenticeship Engineer programme lasts for up to four years and combines academic study with work based experience.

  • You'll have the opportunity to study towards a Level 4 Apprentice Electrical Power Networks Engineer qualification.
  • When not studying, you’ll spend the balance of your time on placements which may include working in the field, and Control Rooms or working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers.
  • By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing small jobs, including technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of crafts people or contractors.  Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £32,000.
  • On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as an Operational Planner / Analyst, Connections Designer, System Planner or similar.
  • What do I need? 

    To be considered for this role, we would love you to be: 

  • Highly organised and self-driven with the ability to manage your time well.
  • Flexible in your approach to work to maximise your chances of success, and you should be happy working alone or as part of a team.
  • Comfortable to spend some time living away from home whilst attending college or on placements across SSE.
  • For entrance onto the educational aspect of our programme it's important that you have, or expect to achieve the below qualifications prior to starting the programme in October 2021.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or above and must include English, Maths and a Science plus an Engineering 90+ credit BTEC or Diploma qualification.
  • Ideally you will also have at least 2 A levels with one in Maths at grade D or above
  • For this engineering career entrance pathway we are looking for individuals who are keen to develop their electrical engineering education journey in addition to starting their career.  We are therefore looking for applicants who do not currently hold a HND, or above, in Electrical engineering.  For those of you who have already achieved this level of qualification then there are alternate entry route that will be more suited to your achievements to date.

    About our Business 

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is responsible for ensuring a safe and reliable supply of electricity to 3.8 million customers in communities across its network. SSEN Distribution employs more than 3,500 people, including skilled engineers, customer service teams and future energy experts many of whom live as well as work in the communities they serve. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network they're ensuring local communities from the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth to Aberdeen continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future.

    Life at SSE 

    If you’re considering a career with us, you’re probably wondering what’s in it for you?  From health and wellness to finances and family, we’re proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

    At SSE we’re proud to celebrate difference.  We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself.   We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future.  Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra ‘if it’s not safe, we don’t do it’. 

    SSE is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE. As part of SSE’s commitment to increasing female representation in STEM careers, we particularly welcome applications from women.

    Read more about our inclusion and diversity commitments here

    Next Steps 

    All applications should be submitted online. 

    The deadline to submit your application is Sunday, 8th August at 11.55pm.

    If you would like a confidential informal discussion about this role before applying, to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require, please contact 

    We will let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date. 

    EXTERNAL: Before commencing employment with SSE, you’ll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.   

    INTERNAL: As a courtesy, please let your current line manager know you are applying. 

    Closing date: Aug 08, 2021

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    Our Benefits

    • Sharesave Scheme
    • 34 days of annual leave
    • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
    • Interest-free technology loans
    • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
    • Private healthcare discounts
    • Subsidised gym memberships
    • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
    • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
    • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

    Explore our full list of benefits:

    Employee benefits booklet


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