SSEN welcomes its workforce for the future

SSEN apprentices in their induction week

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has unveiled its next generation of energy workers to help keep the lights on and tackle climate change.

The 51 new recruits will play a vital role in delivering a secure, reliable and cost-effective service to the households, businesses and communities SSEN serves. With the UK government setting ambitious targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the apprentices will support the delivery of electricity infrastructure that enables the low-carbon transition across the north of Scotland and central southern England. Parent company SSE was one of the first companies to call for a net zero target, putting sustainable development at the heart of its strategy.

These 51 new apprentices and trainees will be living, working and training in urban and rural locations from Uist, Skye, Dundee and Elgin in northern Scotland, to Oxford, Poole, West London and the Isle of Wight in central southern England, and will now form part of SSEN’s green workforce supporting the low carbon transition.

Over the next three to four years, the group of apprentices and trainees will learn every aspect of SSEN’s network that spans nearly 130,000km and keeps the lights on for over 3.8 million customers. They will be part of SSEN’s £185 million investment up to 2022; learning to manage, maintain and build the infrastructure that will deliver a safe and secure supply of electricity across the country, while helping the UK meet its climate change commitments.

Director of Operations for SSEN, Stuart Hogarth has welcomed the new recruits, saying: “We are working towards a brighter, greener future and as our business constantly changes and evolves, so will the goals and ambitions of the young people that have joined SSEN’s training programmes and we will provide them with all the knowledge and support they need to grow and develop in our fast-moving industry.

“In the next few years, they will earn while they learn, developing all the skills they need to take their careers – and the needs of our customers – into the low carbon world of tomorrow.”

Positions in this current intake include apprentice jointers, electrical fitters and linesmen and women working on the poles, cables and substations which deliver power to homes and businesses across SSEN’s distribution region.

In the last five years SSE has recruited more than 650 apprentices with around £80,000 invested in the training and development of each recruit. Many of these jobs are in rural areas, providing high quality, well paid training opportunities which support local economies and communities across the UK. 

SSEN’s apprenticeship and training programmes see recruits gain a range of practical and classroom-based skills and experience. Most apprenticeships take four years to complete and the offer entrants the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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