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Higher Apprenticeship Electrical Power Network Engineer

Reading, England, Berkshire / England, Melksham, Wiltshire / West London, London, England
Up to £21795 per annum
Closing date
5 May 2024

Job Details

Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 Electrical Power Network Engineer

Base Location: Aldershot, Melksham, 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 you're not studying, you'll spend time with the business team to learn essential engineering skills for the Distribution business. This may include working in the field or in the Design/Planning office working alongside experienced SSE crafts people and engineers.

In your third year of the program, you'll take on more responsibility, managing technical tasks, ensuring safety, and overseeing 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:

  • Highly organised and self-driven with the ability to manage your time well.

  • Adaptable to different work situations to increase your chances of success. Enjoy working independently or in 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:

    • 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 start their career and develop their electrical engineering education journey. We are 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 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

    We will let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

    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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