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Higher Apprenticeship - Building Controls Software Engineer

Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England / Scotland, Glasgow / West Midlands, England, Birmingham
Up to £21000 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

Job Details

Higher Apprenticeship - Smart Building Controls Engineer

Regional Locations: Altrincham, Birmingham, Chepstow, Egham, Central London, Gateshead, Glasgow, Leeds

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

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time - field-based

Start date: August, 2024

Are you ready to help transform the way buildings operate? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where innovation meets expertise? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

What is a Building Controls Engineer

A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) controls engineer is a professional specialising in the design, implementation, and maintenance of systems that monitor and optimise energy usage within buildings. The controls engineer is responsible for developing and deploying control strategies, and graphics interfaces, integrating sensors and actuators, and configuring software algorithms to manage environmental conditions, lighting, and other building systems. The goal is to achieve optimal energy performance, minimise environmental impact, and meet sustainability objectives through intelligent and automated control of building energy systems.

What You'll Learn To Do

This Level 4 Apprenticeship is designed to develop apprentices into tomorrow's Smart Buildings specialists. During this 36-month-long programme, you will receive comprehensive training which will enable you to develop your skills and technical knowledge, allowing you to achieve industry accreditations. Whilst on this apprenticeship programme you will learn:

- Design and maintain automation hardware solutions

- Understand how intelligent automation solutions interact with the real world through sensor and control technology

- Smart Buildings rely on communications and interactions to optimise the performance of a building. You will be trained to understand a range of IT and other network solutions

- Design and develop automation control software

- Designing and generating user interface to allow the building operators to make the most of their intelligent building system

- Coordinating with suppliers to ensure that they provide the right technologies first time

- Be involved in delivering projects from initial conception to handover to the customer

What's in it for you?

- 34 days holiday (includes Bank Holidays), plus the option to purchase additional days.

- Company van, fully kitted, supplied from year 2 onwards

- PensionPlus with 6% employer contributions, rising to 9% after 2 years service and 12% after 10 years service.

- 7x Life Assurance cover

- Share Save & SIP plans

- Cycle To Work scheme up to a generous £2,500

- EV Salary Sacrifice scheme providing an opportunity to lease an environmentally responsible Electric Vehicle

- EV Charger loan scheme up to £1,000

- Shopping discounts galore!

Professional Developement:

We are committed to helping our employees develop their skills and advance their careers. You will have access to ongoing training opportunities, including:

Early access to manufacturer's training programmes

In-house training & on-the-job training

Industry conferences and workshops

Tailored development plans to help you achieve your career ambitions.


We understand the value of mentorship in developing our employees' skills and expertise, and we offer a mentoring program to support our apprentices. Our mentoring program pairs new hires with experienced engineers who provide guidance and support as they learn the ropes.

We believe that investing in our employees' professional development is key to our success as a company. If you are looking for a company that values your growth and development, and provides the training and support you need to succeed, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

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.

What do I need?

We are looking for the right candidates to help our team build a future that's more sustainable and inclusive. If you want to be a part of our team, we'd be keen to hear from you. We know it's not all about qualifications, we're more interested in your innate strengths and the qualities you can bring to SSE.

To apply, you will need:

- An electrical installation/engineering background e.g. C&G accredited qualification or hands-on experience working as an electricians mate.

- A strong interest in technology, as you will be working with automated control systems

- An appreciation for our core values, particularly safety and the desire to do well

- Great communication and interpersonal skills

- To enjoy working as part of a team.

- For this particular apprenticeship candidates need to be 18+ when they start the programme (Sept 2024)

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online.

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.

Please note that SSE are unable to sponsor any candidates for our apprentice, trainee engineer and summer placement opportunities as these roles would not meet the Home Office eligibility criteria for sponsorship.

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.


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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