SSE Renewables and SSE Transmission have teamed up with STEM Returners to develop a programme designed to support those who’ve taken a career break or are looking to return to the sector.
It’s a paid 12-week programme which is aimed specifically at those wishing to go back to engineering mid-career after a break of any length. The programme will be based in various SSE locations across Scotland.
All returners who take part will have the opportunity to gain a full-time position with SSE making this a genuine opportunity to restart careers locally.
SSE Transmission have a preference for asset management experience in any large company (utilities, oil and gas, infrastructure). Electrical, mechanical or civil engineering is preferred, but other related disciplines will be considered.
SSE Transmission have a preference for design management/leadership experience with skills from a transferable sector such as renewables, oil and gas, thermal, etc. Electrical, geotechnical, commercial or industrial engineering disciplines are preferred, but other related disciplines will be considered
SSE Transmission will consider previous STEM experience in Commercial/Procurement but other disciplines will be considered if there is demonstrable knowledge of commercial analysis/management from relevant sectors such as water, renewables, oil and gas, etc.
SSE Renewables have a preference for candidates with previous engineering management experience in a transferable sector such as energy, oil and gas, thermal, etc. Any relevant STEM discipline will be considered although electrical, geotechnical and civil are preferred.
John Stewart, Director of HR
"I had always hoped we’d be in a position where I could to take some time out when the children were young and I had stopped enjoying Oil and Gas as, fundamentally, it didn’t fit in with my values, so it seemed a good opportunity to take a break when we’d finished growing our family. After four years out, I considered a range of things, from Maths teaching, to re-training to be a counsellor, but, ultimately, I knew I wanted to get into clean energy in an analytical role, marrying both my personal and professional interests.
I had been casually looking at what was available, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to find anything as I’d be competing with professionals that hadn’t taken career breaks. Schemes like the SSE returners hadn’t been on my radar and I had expected that I’d need to take a few years in any job just to get workplace experience again before moving to a company I truly wanted to work for.
I was incredibly nervous at the interview stage as it had been nine years since my last one. When I found out I’d been successful I was in shock, I hadn’t expected to be selected; when I initially applied I had assumed that an updated CV would be the result of the process for me.
I’m now working in the RIIO Planning and Performance team in SSE Transmission as a Commercial Analyst. I am very much enjoying the role as it exposes me to a wide variety of people, meaning my network has grown quickly.
SSE were very supportive of my request for part-time working, something that I had expressed a desire for at the outset of the process. I feel like SSE is a pragmatic and understanding company and will do its best to allow people to work in a way that fits in with their needs, this ethos was certainly a draw for me.
The STEM Returners journey I have been on has been amazing, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling return to work. The process was exactly what I was looking for as a vessel for getting back into my career but I didn’t think anything like this existed. I would absolutely recommend the programme to anyone looking to find their way back into industry after a career break."
"I choose to take a career break because I wanted to change industry and the pandemic struck just as I had left my previous job. Although I had not consciously chosen to have a break, I am very glad I had one! It helped me put things into perspective and I took this opportunity to explore what I really wanted from a career and life
My break certainly improved my adaptability, as I’m sure it has for many of us in the last year! But more importantly I learned to appreciate how good it is to make smaller steps towards a goal.
In terms of the interview process, interviews can always be somewhat daunting, but it makes it so much easier when you are genuinely excited about the role and the company. I also take the approach of giving it my 100% and hope this comes across at the time. The process itself was smooth and I was kept up to date at all times.
When I found out I’d been successful I was delighted! I have always wanted to work in the Low carbon/Renewable industry and SSE is a front runner on this, so I am very pleased to have joined and I now work as an Assistant Engineer in the Project Engineering team with in SSE Transmission. My role is really varied which I am enjoying! I want to develop my engineering knowledge and contribute towards projects which make a difference.
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