SSE Engineering Graduate Programme 2022

  • SSE Plc
  • Ireland
  • Sep 25, 2021
Engineering Full Time - Continuing, Flexible

Job Description:

SSE Engineering Graduate Programme - September 2022 Intake


Scotland - Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Fort William, Glasgow, Islay, Inverness, Oban, Perth and Shetland

England - Aldershot, Birmingham, Kent, Leeds, London, Manchester, Melksham, Newcastle, Oxford, Portsmouth, Poole, Reading, Southampton, Slough and Surrey

Wales - Chepstow

Ireland - Dublin

Base Salary: circa £30,500 + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

We're proud to be a Principal Partner for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, and are leading the way to provide the energy needed now, while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

To reach net zero by 2050, we're looking for graduates who can bring big ideas, new skills and innovative thinking to help us build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

So join us on our journey to net zero. Help us power change.

What will I do on the programme?

We have several different Engineering graduate opportunities across the business with one thing in common: Across the two years of the programme, you’ll gain real hands-on experience, build an invaluable network and develop a unique set of skills which will shape your career. Due to our size and diversity, we can offer you a structured yet challenging development programme where you'll have the support of the Graduate Programme Manager and a business mentor to assist you in reaching your full potential. The programme will support your career development into a permanent role with SSE that reflects your experience and passion.

You will be involved in a broad range of exciting projects across the UK and/or Ireland. Here's a flavour of some of the exciting initiatives you could be involved in, for each Division.

Transmission (Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth)

Working as part of multi-disciplined engineering teams, we have a range of opportunities for economics and electrical, mechanical and civil engineering graduates. You will support projects across our Transmission business. We're at the forefront of some really high profile projects which are ensuring our network is structurally sound, operating safely and efficiently and providing sustainable and reliable energy to all. You could be working on projects similar to the development of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission line, the reinforcement of substations, and the development of subsea electricity links - connecting some of the remotes part of Scotland to the main Transmission system for the first time.

Distribution (England: Aldershot, Melksham, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton or Slough Scotland: Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness, Islay, Oban, Perth or Peterhead)

We have a range of opportunities for Renewable Energy or Electrical engineering graduates to support projects across our Distribution business. You'll get to enjoy contributing to some exciting projects where you'll be at the forefront of developing, improving and maintaining our network. You'll be involved in projects and activities that help us ensure our network is not only running effectively, but also is considering innovative new technologies and efficient ways of providing energy to all customers.

Thermal (Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, or Perth)

Flexible and efficient thermal energy will play a critical role in the transition to a net-zero economy, complementing renewable generation and helping maintain security of supply. We have opportunities for Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Materials or Mechanical Engineering graduates to learn about how the business will play it's part in the energy system of tomorrow. SSE Thermal is currently constructing the 840MW Keadby 2 CCGT in North Lincolnshire, which is expected to become the cleanest and most efficient gas-fired power station in Europe when completed in 2022. As part of its commitment to a net-zero emissions future, the business has a core focus on decarbonising its energy generation through exciting carbon capture and hydrogen solutions.

Enterprise Distribution Energy (Birmingham, Chepstow, Glasgow, Kent, London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, Slough or Surrey)

We are delivering the next generation of sustainable energy infrastructure to businesses across the UK. We have several opportunities for the following degree disciplines: Energy Management, Environmental Management, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy and Building Services, Electrical, Civil, Mechanical or Process Engineering. We are a growing business and operate in some really exciting markets from EV to energy storage, from heating and cooling networks to water networks - our business is certainly diverse!

Renewables (Glasgow)

We are a leading developer and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro generation. Our strategy is to drive the transition to a net zero future – through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. We have opportunities for Renewable Energy, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Structural Engineering graduates to build this future.

Please visit our graduate page which will provide more information and you can read our recent graduate's profiles.

What do I need to join?

You’ll ideally have a minimum of a 2:2 BEng in either a Building Services, Electrical, Economics, Energy Management, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Materials, Process, Structural, Sustainable Energy or Renewable Energy degree.

We'd love you to have practical work or project experience that reflects your passion for the role, as well as demonstrable experience of working in a team. You'll also be comfortable working to and setting stretching individual targets and using your own initiative to overcome challenges.

You should have an interest in the energy sector and show alignment with SSE's core values. We also ask that you have a flexible approach to work locations and be genuinely committed to developing a career with us – as we are with you.

All roles are likely to involve some travel to other sites to gain practical exposure to a wide range of business areas, therefore a full UK driving licence would be an advantage but is not essential.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we're proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is 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 and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

Next Steps

Applications close on 31st October 2021. For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch with us at

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.

SSE welcomes applications from all nationalities. Please note that any successful candidate must be able to evidence a valid right to work prior to commencement of employment. If sponsorship is required, we may be able to provide support. Sponsoring international candidates is a complex process involving numerous procedures which must be followed precisely in order to comply with immigration legislation. We look at requests on a case by case basis. Please note the overall decision on visa applications sit with UKVI and not SSE.