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Accountancy Graduate Apprentice

Duration - 5 Years

Location - Glasgow / Hybrid Working

Applications - Up to 10th March 2024

Start Date - 26th August 2024

Salary & Benefits

Year 1 -
£20,000   |   Year 2 - £26,250   |   Year 3 - £32,500   |   Year 4 - £34,125   |   Year 5 - £35,830

Plus a competitive pension and a range of flexible benefits.

Minimum Criteria
Five Highers at BBBBB, including Maths or Accountancy (or equivalent).

MAcc Graduate Apprenticeship Master of Accountancy @ Glasgow Caledonian University

Graduates 2021

Where you’ll be working

ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world's largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. We’re the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we're investing over £8m every working day to make this happen. We're committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills - to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone.

And our Finance Team play a crucial role in this achieving these objectives. We’re a team who truly understands our business and our industry, including the challenges that we face each day. Acting as a valued and trusted advisor to our businesses, we provide sound accounting and financial advice, having a direct role in deciding what we do now and where we go next. Supporting all of the ScottishPower businesses’ financial affairs is key to enabling the decarbonisation of the economy through development of onshore and offshore wind, development of SMART solutions and continued investment in the maintenance and upgrade of our network assets.

You’ll find more information about SP Energy Networks, including details of our current projects, on our website

What you’ll be doing

Our five year Accountancy Graduate Apprentice Programme offers you the opportunity to develop academic skills alongside practical and professional skills. You’ll benefit from on the job experience, while studying a Masters qualification at university. With a flexible approach to learning, the course is delivered via blended learning (online and face-to-face). Approximately 80% of your time will be spent in the workplace as you support a range of finance activities that enhance your learning. We’re taking a hybrid approach to working so your time will be split between university, home and the office.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience financial accounting and reporting, helping to ensure we maintain robust financial records and publish accurate information in line with our legal obligations. You’ll support the monitoring of Business Performance to make sure we track performance of the business against key budget and forecast targets. And you’ll experience Planning and Investment activities to support our big plans to invest in a Net Zero future.

You’ll also gain invaluable experience across a diverse range of finance activities. With over 150 people in our team, you’ll be exposed to a wealth of knowledge, you’ll see new challenges and opportunities and you’ll create a network of great colleagues. It’s designed to bring out the best in you and to introduce you to how we structure, operate and manage the finances of a major innovative energy business. With so many opportunities to gain experience, this is an opportunity that you won’t get from a degree alone.

What’s in it for you

Our programme brings learning and earning together, allowing you to gain valuable work experience while studying for your degree. You’ll work towards obtaining a nationally recognised Masters qualification while earning a competitive salary and developing new skills and knowledge. Working alongside experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of the business, you’ll learn from experts in your field and have support from a mentor, enabling you to develop your expertise and contribute to the team's success. Throughout the programme, you’ll continue to build your knowledge of finance and gain valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges of the industry.

In addition, this integrated Masters qualification follows the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) syllabus so, on completion of your programme, you’ll have a Masters degree AND a professional global accountancy qualification. By choosing the accelerated path to chartered accountancy, you’ll embark on a streamlined and efficient journey toward qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant. This path compresses the time frame needed to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills from 7 to just 5 years, enabling you to kick start your accountancy career earlier than peers who pursue traditional routes.

As an Accountancy Graduate Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £20,000
  • A generous pension scheme where we’ll double match your contributions up to 10%
  • A broad range of flexible benefits including share incentive plans, employee discounts, charity-matched funding and many, many more.
  • On completion of your programme, you’ll continue your development and you’ll be ready to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.

What you’ll bring

You’ll do a MAcc Graduate Apprenticeship Master of Accountancy at Glasgow Caledonian University so you’ll need five Highers at a minimum of a B in Maths or Accountancy (or equivalent). For more information on entry requirements, check out the course using the link above.

We’re looking for someone who is excited to start a career in accountancy and who is eager to learn. Not just about finance but about our industry and about themselves. We’ll make sure you’re equipped with a solid academic foundation but we can’t teach you passion – that’s all on you! Because if you have enthusiasm for your career, you’re sure to grow professionally and personally in the fast paced world of finance. And working in the energy industry, you’ll see how the numbers translate into actions, giving you an understanding of how you are helping to create a sustainable future for everyone.




Closing date: 10th March 2024*

*We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible as we reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

What happens next

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link to submit your online application. If you need support with your application or would like to discuss any adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact If you would prefer a call to discuss adjustments let us know by email and we can arrange a call at a time that suits you.

SP Energy Networks welcomes applications from candidates of all nationalities. To join the Apprentice Programme, you will need to be able to evidence that you hold a valid right to work in the UK for the duration of your apprenticeship programme which will commence in August 2024.

At SP Energy Networks we value diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to creating a workplace that welcomes and respects individuals from all backgrounds. We work hard to ensure our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and unbiased, providing equal opportunities for all candidates. It’s our belief that diverse perspectives lead to innovation and better decision-making, so we foster a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone's voice is heard and valued. Join us as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable future.