Higher Apprenticeship Electrical Power Network Engineer

SSE plc

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

Job Type: Full time


Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 Electrical Power Network Engineer

Base Location: Aldershot, New Forest, Oxford, Portsmouth, Poole, Reading, Slough, Swindon, West London

Salary: Circa £21,795 + 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?

Our Electrical Power Networks Engineer Apprenticeship programme lasts for up to three years and combines academic study with work-based experience.

During the programme you will study towards a Level 4 Apprentice Electrical Power Networks Engineer qualification.

When not studying, you’ll balance your time with the business team learning the skills you need to be an Engineer within the Distribution business. This may include working in the field or in the Design/Planning office working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers.

By the third year of the programme you will be given increased responsibility in managing 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 an Operational Planner / Analyst, Connections Designer, System Planner, Field Engineer or similar. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £39,415.

What do I need?

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

  1. Highly organised and self-driven with the ability to manage your time well.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 2023:

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science and,
  • Level 3 qualification in Engineering OR A Levels in Maths and Physics
  • Or equivalent qualifications

For this engineering career entrance pathway we are looking for individuals who are keen to develop their electrical engineering education journey in addition to starting their career. We are therefore looking for applicants who do not currently hold a HND, or above, in Electrical engineering. If you do already hold this qualification, then please consider other roles on offer.

About our Business

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is responsible for ensuring a safe and reliable supply of electricity to 3.8 million customers in communities across its network. SSEN Distribution employs more than 3,500 people, including skilled engineers, customer service teams and future energy experts many of whom live as well as work in the communities they serve. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network they're ensuring local communities from the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth to Aberdeen continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future.

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.

You are provided additional support, training and guidance whilst on your Apprenticeship journey to ensure you can make a fantastic start to your engineering career within SSEN. Here at SSEN we recognise the importance of continuous professional development and celebrating engineering excellence as an SSEN engineering apprentice you will have access to our Engineering Professional Development Forum to assist you in further progressing your Engineering skills.

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 apprenticesandtrainees@sse.com

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.