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Site Construction Manager Graduate Apprenticeship – Transmission


About the Role

Base Location: Inverness, Perth, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, Argyll 

Salary: Circa £21,000 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances, and wellbeing. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £35,000 per annum.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time 

Start Date: August 2024

Our Graduate Apprenticeship, Site Construction Management programme lasts for four years and combines part-time attendance at university finishing with a BSc (Hons) in Construction and the Built Environment and work-based experience. Delivery is in person at university one day per week with the opportunity to attend virtually when required.  

This programme will develop your knowledge and experience to become a Site Manager. Whilst on the programme you will organise work on our project sites, making sure all tasks are completed safely, on time and within budget. Liaise with contractors, surveyors and builders to ensure a project is on track and there are enough staff, machinery and materials to complete the job. 

You will gain real hands-on experience, build an invaluable network, and develop a unique set of skills which will shape your career. Due to our size and diversity, we can offer you a structured yet challenging development programme where you’ll have the support of the Learning and Development team and a business mentor to assist you in reaching your full potential. You will be assigned a Site Construction Manager (SCM) that will help manage your day-to-day activities on site, ensuring that you get the breadth of knowledge and experience to help you complete your training. 

The programme will support your career development into a Site Construction Manager position taking responsibility for your own site. SSEN Transmission projects typically appoint a full-time site representative or Site Construction Manager onto each major site. They play a pivotal role in the team and act as a full-time on-site link between our contractors and the rest of the SSEN Transmission project team including the project manager. They also play an integral link with our operations team. Projects are typically construction of new, or modification to existing transmission voltage (132kV and above) assets including substations, overhead lines, and underground cables. This can include major civil works and buildings. 

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 University or on placements across SSE. 

You will need to hold a full UK Driver’s License or are currently learning to drive as there will be a requirement to travel to a number of our project sites.  

For entrance onto the educational aspect of our programme it’s important that you have or expect to achieve either of the below qualifications prior to starting the programme in August 2024:

– SQA Highers at ABBB or equivalent.   

– Scottish Baccalaureate Pass.  

– Int. Baccalaureate 29 points.  

– Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering in conjunction with SQA Highers at AAB.  

– A combination of qualifications totalling 96 SCQF credits at level 6, or Minimum 126 UCAS points.

For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who have relevant work experience and experience working at supervisory level or higher and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV.

Candidates will need to be accepted onto the programme by the university.

About our Business

SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK’s greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

What’s in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for ‘Inclusion & Diversity at SSE‘ to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I’ll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know next steps.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact by email or you are very welcome to request a call if you would prefer to discuss on the phone. 

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.    

Full details can be found on the SSE website: