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Distribution - Trainee Engineer (South)

England, Berkshire, Reading
Up to £21795 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2024

Job Details

Trainee Engineer - September 2024 Intake

Base Location: Aldershot, Basingstoke, Isle of Wight, Melksham, New Forest, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Swindon, Slough, Theale, 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 program aims to lay the groundwork for your electrical engineering career in the Distribution business, with a focus on becoming an operational engineer working out in the field. We offer you great opportunities to experience engineering excellence throughout our business while you develop your academic, theoretical, and practical skills. You will aim to qualify as both a Low Voltage and High Voltage Switcher. Your work will preserve the network's integrity and safety, while also guaranteeing a dependable electricity supply for our customers. Your role will be integral to the daily operation, repair and design of the Network whilst supporting the drive towards a Distribution Net Zero.

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 help 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 licence 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.

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 help 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

You should apply online, and I will contact you after the job closes to inform you of the result.

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.


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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