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Trainee Engineer - Renewables

Perth & Kinross, Scotland, Perth / Argyll & Bute, Scotland
£22000 - £42000 per annum
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

Job Details

Trainee Engineer - Renewables

Base Location: Perth

Hydro Civil Programmes

Salary: Circa £22,000 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances & wellbeing. Starting salary upon finishing the trainee engineer programme is circa £39,000

Working Pattern: Full Time

What is the Role?

Our Trainee Engineer programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work-based experience. Working within our Renewable business, you'll have the opportunity to study towards an HND in Engineering Systems (Energy and Environmental Engineering).

When not studying, you will be part of a team delivering work that develops our Renewables business in Hydro Projects and Operations, as well as ensuring the engineering integrity of our existing assets, all while developing your own technical skills and professional knowledge and networks.

By the time you reach the third year of the programme you'll be given increased responsibility in managing projects, including all technical aspects, safety management and the supervision of contractors.

The Renewables Trainee Engineer programme is designed to build the foundation blocks of your engineering career within the Renewables business, providing you with great opportunities to be exposed to engineering excellence across our business, including e.g. Civil Engineering, Maintenance Operations, Control room and System support functions, whilst developing your academic, theoretical, and practical skills. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to become the Engineer of the future.

Hydro Civil Programmes Team is responsible for delivering the investment programme of refurbishment of our Hydro Assets, ensuring works are carried out on time and to the required standard. Works include repairs to dam structures, large mechanical gates, screens, tunnels and access to all sites.

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.

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 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 / technical qualifications such a HNC in an engineering related discipline.

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 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 employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.

The deadline to submit your application is Thursday 18th July 2024.

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.


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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