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Distribution - Craft Apprenticeships (South 2023 Intake)

Reading, Berkshire, England / England, Aldershot, Hampshire / Wiltshire, Swindon, England
Up to £11500 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2023

Job Details

Distribution Craft Apprenticeships - September 2023 Intake


England - Aldershot, Isle of Wight, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Swindon, West London

Salary: Circa £11,500 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

What is the Role?

We have several apprenticeship opportunities across our Distribution business, which include Fitter, Jointer, Linesperson and Multi Skilled positions. These are field based roles, which 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 electricity supplies are maintained for our customers.

The Linesperson is part of a highly skilled team that works at height on the overhead network. You will use your newly acquired knowledge and practical skills to build and maintain the overhead network as well as responding to supply emergencies, ensuring continuity of supply to our customers. You will learn how to problem solve, identify faults and carry out necessary corrective actions to restore supplies. We have linesperson roles available in Oxford, Reading, Slough and Isle of Wight.

The Jointer carries out work on our underground electricity network, this could be damage or fault to the cable or planned work such as supply upgrades or laying the cable to a new house. We have jointer positions available in Swindon, West London and Isle of Wight.

The programme can take 3 to 4 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 know that it's not all about qualifications. We're more 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 Linesperson 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 submitted online.

If you would like a confidential informal discussion about this role before applying, to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require, 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.


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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