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SSE Trainee Engineer Opportunities 2022

  • Reference: 540200
  • Closing date: Mar 13 2022 at 23:55 GMT

Base Locations:

Scotland: Aberdeen, Caithness, Clunie, Contin, Dunoon, Dunblane, Dundee, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness, Oban, Perth, Peterhead

England: Andover, Lowestoft, Melksham, New Forest, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Salisbury, Slough, Swindon or West London (Hayes)

Salary: circa £19,000 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.  Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £32,000.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

What is the Role? 

Our Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work based experience.Within Distribution you’ll have the opportunity to study towards a HNC in Electrical Engineering.Within Renewables you’ll have the opportunity to study towards a HND in Energy and Environmental Engineering.When not studying, you’ll spend the balance of your time on placements which may include working in the field, at Power Stations 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. On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as a Maintenance Engineer, Field Engineer, Project Design Engineer, Systems Planning Engineer or an Operational Control Engineer.

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 September 2022.

– 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above, OR 2 A levels at grade CC or above

– You must have Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above, PLUS

– National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C, or GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent

We are happy to accept applications from candidates with equivalent level engineering / technical qualifications such a HNC in an engineering related discipline. We will not be able to accept a HNC in electrical engineering for our Distribution business area as this will be the qualification that you will be studying on the programme.

About our Business 

We have roles within the below areas;

SSE Renewables is a leading developer and operator of renewable energy, with growth ambitions to treble our renewable energy output by 2030. We drive new growth by identifying, developing, building and operating high quality assets across the UK, Ireland and internationally. As our ambitions and projects grow, so do our teams, meaning we can offer a great selection of opportunities, training and development to support your career.

SSEN Distribution powers 3.8 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 3,500 people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital to achieving net zero. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network we’re ensuring our local communities continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future. We are consistently investing and innovating to improve network resilience and future-proof power supplies for life’s changing demands, from rolling out large scale EV charging schemes to supporting small community generation projects.

What’s in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday 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 actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for ‘Inclusion & Diversity at SSE’ to find out more.

Next Steps 

All applications should be submitted online. Use this link to apply. 

The deadline to submit your application is 11:55pm on 13th of March 2022.

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.