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Trainee Engineer - Thermal Energy

Rochester, England, Kent / England, Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe
£21795 - £34000 per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

Job Details

Base Location: Medway

Salary: Circa £21,795+ a range of other benefits to support your family, finances, and wellbeing. Salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is at least £34,000 per annum.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

Start date: August 2024

Please note that SSE are unable to sponsor any candidates for this roles as it would not meet the Home Office eligibility criteria for sponsorship.

What is the Role?

Our Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work-based experience.

When not studying, you will balance your time at an SSE Thermal site which will include working alongside experienced SSE Technicians and Engineers. You will have opportunities to join specific engineering projects and maintenance activities.

By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing projects, planned outages, including all technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of Technicians and Contractors. On completion of your programme you will be qualified to work as an Engineer in a relevant discipline such as mechanical, electrical, control or process engineering.

The Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your engineering career within the Thermal Energy business, providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across the our business whilst developing your academic, theoretical and practical skills. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to become an Engineer of the future.

What do I need?

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above including Maths and Physics, OR 2 A levels at grade CC or above including Maths and Physics
  • National 5 English at grade C or above, OR GCSE English at grade C or above, or equivalent

We are happy to accept applications from candidates with equivalent level engineering/technical qualifications such a HNC in an engineering related discipline or those who have completed the Level 3 apprenticeship in engineering or BTech Level 3 in Engineering or equivalent.

We will not be able to accept a HNC in electrical engineering for our Thermal Energy business area as this will be the qualification that you will be studying on the programme.

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.

About our Business

SSE Thermal is on a mission to deliver the flexible energy needed today while powering the transition to net zero. Our 600+ employees play a crucial role in keeping the lights on across the UK and Ireland and we're rising to the low-carbon challenge with our teams at the cutting-edge of vital technologies. We're developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage projects and progressing plans for what could be the world's first hydrogen-fired power station, as well as a major hydrogen storage facility and exploring other exciting options as we decarbonise. We've already achieved a lot - but we're just getting started. As part of SSE, which is investing £24bn this decade, we're at the forefront of the energy transition - so come join us as we continue to grow and power change.

To find out more, read this blog from Catherine Raw, our Managing Director, on our critical role in delivering net zero.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave 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 encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be submitted online. The closing date for applications is 11pm on Sunday, 9th June.

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 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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