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Over 100 New Recruits join ScottishPower Training Programmes as Applications for 2015 Intake Open


ScottishPower has welcomed over 100 people joining the company across its range of training programmes throughout September.

Hundreds of applications were received for the current intake of 24 Apprenticeship and 31 Graduate vacancies. In addition, ScottishPower is also sponsoring 42 Engineering Foundation student placements and has also welcomed 16 school leavers through The Year in Industry programme.

The company is now inviting applications for its 2015 intake and is looking for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering graduates for its Energy Networks business, as well as Business, Marketing and IT graduates for the Energy Retail business.

These two year schemes involve on-the-job experience in a number of different placements, offering exposure to a wide network of colleagues and fellow graduates within the company.

Within its Networks business, ScottishPower is also currently recruiting two groups of Craft Apprentices for its 2015 intake with start dates of March and September.

The Craft Apprenticeship provides successful candidates with an opportunity to realise their potential and get their careers off to the best possible start. Combining learning with earning, apprentices will not only study for a recognised qualification but develop new skills whilst gaining invaluable knowledge and on the job experience.

Sheila Duncan, HR Director at ScottishPower, said: “This coordinated approach to recruitment and development at varying skill levels really underpins ScottishPower’s engagement strategy, by introducing new people to the wider careers available in the energy industry and building a talent pipeline to ensure we have the right people with the right skills to help deliver our future energy solutions”

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Graduate Programme

Graduates will join the company on a 2 year development programme which involves various placements in their chosen business area as well as technical and behavioural training. The engineering graduates within Energy Networks, Generation and Renewables will have the opportunity to work towards professional registration with the relevant chartered body.  The business graduates within Energy Retail will undertake various placements and training. They will complete the Into Leadership course ahead of their first people management placement.

Apprentice Programme

ScottishPower’s modern apprenticeship combines technical skills training, academic study and work-based learning and assessment across Scotland England and Wales. Lasting up to three years, candidates will work towards a nationally-recognised apprenticeship framework. On successful completion, the apprentices will become qualified overhead cable workers, jointers or fitters.


Opportunities will be available throughout Scotland, Wales and England (Merseyside/Cheshire region).

Further information about the programme can be found at

Engineering Foundation Programme

ScottishPower has invested heavily to develop its pre-apprentice schools programmes - establishing technical partnerships with colleges and universities across the country to provide an entry level qualification to its modern apprenticeship programme. As a result, 42 students are now starting a National Certificate in Electrical Work at Cardonald College in Glasgow, Jewel and Esk College in Edinburgh and West Cheshire College.

Year in Industry

Students will work across many sites in Central Scotland; each will have a dedicated mentor and a robust work schedule. EDT have run the programme successfully for the past 28 years for pre and undergraduate students, also providing students with a management course to gain a Diploma in First Line Management through the Chartered Management Institute. This course has 3 residential weeks plus nine tough assignments to complete in their own time as well as their daily work with ScottishPower’s Energy Networks business