Arborist Tree Cutter Apprenticeship

SSE plc

Location: Berkshire, Dorset, England, Hampshire, Hampshire, Hampshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Swindon, Wiltshire

Job Type: Contract/temp


Distribution - Arborist Tree Cutter Apprentice

Location: Andover, Aldershot, Melksham, New Forest, Petersfield, Poole, Portsmouth, Oxford, Reading, Slough, West London, Yeovil

Salary: Circa £12,037 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing

Start date: September 2024

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

What is the Role?

We have upcoming apprenticeship opportunities in our Distribution business for a Utility Arborist Tree Cutter Apprentice. This field-based role means you will be required to travel and work outside in all weathers at all times of day and night as you will be an integral part of the team who ensure tree and vegetation near our distribution network is maintained.

The Arborist Tree Cutter is part of a highly skilled team that works at height. You will use your newly acquired knowledge and practical skills to make sure that trees and vegetation are kept away from overhead lines and equipment. Working with safety at the forefront of all activities, you will work with your team to evaluate, prepare and carry out tree cutting works on a variety of sites.

The apprenticeship can take 2 to 2.5 years depending on your programme and is centred on work-based learning, training linked directly to the job and academic study at College. By the end of the programme you'll have gained valuable on-the job experience, learned new skills and gained an industry recognised qualification, enabling you to have the opportunity to build a rewarding and successful career in the energy sector and contributing to the delivery of NETZERO.

Our apprentices attend college and our internal training school on a block release arrangement. This can be for several weeks at a time, and you should be prepared to live away from home for short periods. During this time you will be fully supported and travel and accommodation will be organised on your behalf.

What do I need?

We're looking to recruit the best future talent for our sector – and we're interested in your innate strengths and the qualities you can bring to SSE.

To be considered for this role, we would love you to:

- Be able to demonstrate an ability to use your initiative, be resilient to the continual changes within our sector and always focussed on delivering great results.

- You'll have a thirst for knowledge and be able to pick up new skills quickly, working with others to achieve common goals and adjusting your behaviour to reflect the diversity of our workforce and customer base.

- Naturally, you'll have a focus on safety and will adhere to our company motto “if it's not safe, we don't do it.”

- If you are applying to be a Utility Arborist Tree Cutter you will need to be able to demonstrate that you are comfortable and able to work at height.

- All of these roles will require you to work outside in all weather conditions, demonstrating a hands on approach to keep the lights on for our customers.

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 made online by 11pm on Sunday, 10th March, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

We ask you to complete only one application during the apprentice and trainee recruitment cycle. If we feel there is a more suitable programme for you, we’ll let you know during the application process.

During the recruitment process, we want to get to know you and your strengths. Therefore we expect our candidates to answer questions without the use of AI technology.

We welcome applications from all candidates and during the recruitment process, all candidates are required to prove they have the legal right to live and work in the UK for the full duration of the programme. The apprentice and trainee programmes are not eligible for visa sponsorship as they do not meet the minimum requirements of the Home Office.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact

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.