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Distribution - Trainee Engineer (South)

SSE plc

Location: England, Hampshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading

Job Type: Full time


Distribution Trainee Engineers - September 2024 Intake

Trainee Engineer – September 2024 Intake

Base Location: Aldershot, Basingstoke, Isle of Wight, Melksham, New Forest, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Swindon, Slough, West London

Salary: £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 Distribution Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work-based experience. You will have the opportunity to study towards a HNC in Electrical Engineering and a Project Management qualification.

The Distribution Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your electrical engineering career within the Distribution business, focussing on being an operational engineer in the field. Providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across our business whilst developing your academic, theoretical, and practical skills. You will work towards becoming a Low Voltage Switcher and a High Voltage Switcher, maintaining Network integrity and safety whilst ensuring safe and reliable supply of electricity to our customers. Your role will be integral to the daily operation, repair and design of the Network whilst supporting the drive towards a Distribution NetZero.

Here at SSEN we recognise the importance of continuous professional development and celebrating engineering excellence. As an SSEN engineering trainee you will have access to our Engineering Professional Development Forum to assist you in further progressing your Engineering skills.

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.

- Have a driving license or currently learning to drive.

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 2024:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above including Maths, OR 2 A levels at grade CC or above and including maths
  • National 5 Physics or Engineering Science plus English at grade C or above, OR GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent

We are happy to accept applications from candidates with equivalent level engineering.

We are unable to accept a HNC in electrical engineering for this programme as this will be the qualification that you will be studying on the programme. Please consider applying for the Higher Apprenticeship Electrical Power Networks Engineering role or other programmes if you already hold this qualification.

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


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