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Base Locations:

Scotland:Perth, Wick

England: Melksham

Salary:circa £19,467 + a range of other benefits to support yourfamily, finances and wellbeing. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £33,000.

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.

Working within our Distribution business, you'll have the opportunity to study towards a HNC in Electrical Engineering.

When not studying, you'll balance your time on placements which may include working in the field in Distribution, the Control Rooms or working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers. You will have opportunities to work towards becoming a Low Voltage Switcher and then work towards High Voltage Switching (which makes the Network safe to work on, maintains Network integrity and resilience whilst ensuring safe and reliable supply of electricity to our customers), and become more involved in the daily operation, repair and design of the future Network whilst supporting the drive towards a Distribution NetZero. There may be opportunities to work on protection of the Network and also plan and conduct connection work and gain an appreciation to how our Land and consents teams work.

By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing jobs, including all technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of crafts people or contractors.

On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as one of the following disciplines Maintenance, Engineering Project Manager, Project Design, Systems Planner or an Operational Control Engineer.

The Distribution Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your electrical career within the Distribution business, providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across the our business whilst developing your academic, theoretical and practical skills. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to become the Power Engineer of the future.

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

    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.

    If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact [email protected] 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 recordsand credit check.

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