SSEN Distribution, SSEN Transmission and SSE Renewables 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 the UK and Ireland.
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.
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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