SSE Consents Graduate Programme 2022

  • SSE Plc
  • Ireland
  • Oct 5, 2021
Engineering Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

SSE Consenting Graduate Programme - September 2022

Locations: Glasgow, Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen and Dublin

Base Salary: circa £30,500

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 Consents 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.

Here's a flavour of some of the exciting initiatives you could be involved in, for each Division.

Transmission (Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen)

Consents & Environment Graduates (Terrestrial and Marine)

We are building a high voltage Network for NetZero across Scotland to facilitate critical renewable energy connections to the Electricity Grid. Not only that, we have developed a sector leading sustainability strategy to help us deliver it in a responsible way. Our Consents & Environment team are central to this, currently assessing and consenting the largest portfolio of national critical infrastructure in Scotland. Come and join us on this exciting journey in either our terrestrial or marine facing role!

Distribution (Perth, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen)

Working to secure, maintain and manage strategic land and property rights across a portfolio of projects for our electricity distribution network in order to support a net carbon zero future.

With the rapid acceleration of renewable and distributed energy solutions, millions of new electric vehicles on our roads and a revolution in the way we heat our homes, we’re at the leading edge of this change, building a strong foundation to meet new demands and make a net zero world a reality for our customers and communities.

We’re investing in our infrastructure assets which are spread far and wide across our licenced area in the North of Scotland & Islands, to accelerate progress towards a net zero world whilst ensuring a safe, resilient, and responsive network.

In this role you’ll be responsible for securing consents for the construction, installation, refurbishment and replacement of underground cables, overhead lines and plant on both public and privately-owned land.

We’ll equip you with skills training and the professional competency you need to become a Land Consents Manager. We’ll enhance your knowledge and experience by giving you the opportunity to work within different departments within SSEN.

We also have a vacancy for a Trainee Chartered Surveyor, we'll support you to gain your Chartered Surveyor qualification. For this role you'll ideally have a minimum 2:2 degree in surveying, geography, agriculture, law, Rural Enterprise & Land Management.

Renewables (Glasgow or Dublin)

Our development and consents teams work on the delivery of large-scale renewable energy projects through all stages of the development and consenting process both in the UK and Ireland and internationally. This includes roles on our growing pipeline of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and hydro projects. You will have the opportunity to gain experience working in a multi-disciplinary project team on a wide range of consenting issues, to challenge yourself through dealing first hand with the complexities of consenting these large-scale projects and also play an important role in delivering renewable energy targets in the drive for a net zero carbon future.

What do I need to join?

You’ll ideally have a minimum of a 2:2 degree in either an Agricultural, Earth/Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Management (with a Marine focus), Environmental Science, Geography, Land Management, Law, Marine Science, Rural Enterprise or Town Planning.

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.