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SSE appoints more than 50 apprentices and trainee engineers



SSE has brought in 53 apprentices and trainee engineers as part of plans to treble its renewable output and build the electricity network needed to deliver net zero.

They come in addition to the 1,000 jobs the company created last year, with the new recruits deployed in a variety of roles, from maintaining wind farms to maintaining flexible electricity grids.

In previous years, they would have attended a week-long induction event before undertaking activity at training centres on site and at college, but coronavirus restrictions mean they’ve been welcomed via a mixture of virtual and limited face-to-face meetings and they will be subject to social distancing measures and blended learning as they progress.

SSE’s director of HR John Stewart said: “Just as efforts have continued to battle the coronavirus pandemic so too have they stepped up in the fight against climate change, so whilst it will have been a very different induction to the business for our latest apprentices and trainee engineers, they couldn’t be joining the industry at a more vital time.

“Our business is investing £4m a day in low-carbon energy and electricity infrastructure over the next five years and these recruits are joining an industry at a critical moment in the low carbon transition, setting their careers up to play a pivotal role in delivering a net zero future.”

Many of the roles are in rural and coastal communities, providing training opportunities which support local economies across the UK.

Positions include apprentice jointers, linespersons and electrical fitters working on the electricity network in the north of Scotland and central southern England.

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The four year training programme also includes financial education, cyber security, mental health and support for parents and guardians of young apprentices and trainee engineers.



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