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Distribution - Trainee Engineer (South 2023 Intake)

England, Petersfield, Hampshire / Swindon, England, Wiltshire / Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Up to £21000 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2023

Job Details

Distribution Trainee Engineers - September 2023 Intake

Base Locations:

England: Aldershot, Isle of Wight, Melksham, Oxford, Petersfield, Reading, Slough, Swindon, West London

Salary: circa £21,000 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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 as well as gaining an APM in Project Management qualification.

The Distribution Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your electrical engineering career within the Distribution business, providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across 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. You can work towards becoming a Low Voltage Switcher and a High Voltage Switcher, making the Network safe to work on and maintaining Network integrity and resilience whilst ensuring safe and reliable supply of electricity to our customers. This combined with you newly developed project management skills will enable you to become more contribute towards the daily operation, repair and design of the Network whilst supporting the drive towards a Distribution NetZero.

You are provided additional support, training and guidance whilst on your learning 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 trainee you will have access to our Engineering Professional Development Forum to assist you in further progressing your Engineering skills.

On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as an Engineer in the field using your qualifications and authorisations to maintain the continuity of Supply of supply to our customers.

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 2023:

  • 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 our Distribution business area 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

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 by the deadline.

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


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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