Adult Craft Trainee Programme


“Once I’ve got my qualifications there are so many different things I can do in ScottishPower. I’d be quite happy to be a cable jointer all the time – it’s a great job - but there are other opportunities there if you want them.”

Marc – Adult Craft Trainee Programme

Our Business

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 proud to say we produce 100% green electricity and are well on our way to our ultimate journey to Net Zero.

At SP Energy Networks we’re harnessing technology and encouraging innovation to create the network of the future. Our team is building a dynamic network to meet the changing demands for electricity and renewable electricity so that we can serve our communities safely, securely and sustainably.

We know people are central to building a better future, quicker, and we need talented, hardworking and flexible people to join us.

What do we offer?

Our fast track programme builds on your existing skills from other industries combining technical, academic and on the job training. Bringing learning and earning together, not only will you study towards a nationally-recognised qualification, you’ll earn a competitive salary, develop new skills and gain invaluable knowledge and experience.

Whether you want to develop your existing skills to enhance your chosen career, or you’d like to re-train and do something different, our programme delivers excellent training opportunities, varied career paths and secure employment. And you’ll be well rewarded with a competitive salary and additional benefits such as access to a stakeholder pension scheme, a generous holiday entitlement, subsidised gym facilities and a range of employee discounts.

What will you be doing?

Our two-year programme offers the opportunity for a career in one of three craft trades; Cable Jointing, Fitting or Overhead Lines. For more information on these trades click here.

Upon completion of the Adult Craft Trainee Programme you become a qualified craftsperson in a specific discipline within the power industry. Achieving either:

  • Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering
  • Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering Distribution and Transmission

You will receive a starting salary of £21,591. On completion of your programme you will be classed as a Craftsperson with a starting salary of £25,767.

Who are we looking for?

We need people with experience working within an engineering environment (or similar) where health and safety is paramount. You’ll also need a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.

Our Cable Jointers and Fitters need to be able to work within confined spaces.

For Overhead Lines, you need to be comfortable climbing and working at heights.

If you already have experience within one of these trades, we may be able to reduce the training period accordingly.

When can you start?

There will be two start dates for the programme in 2021- July and November – and we’re looking for people for each of our trades.

Central & Southern Scotland     

For July we’re looking for Cable Jointers, Fitters and Overhead Linespersons to join our programme.

For November we’re looking for Cable Jointers and Overhead Linespersons to join our programme.

Merseyside, Cheshire, Mid and North Wales

For July we’re looking for Cable Jointers and Overhead Linespersons to join our programme.

For November we’re looking for Overhead Linespersons to join our programme

Please note, if you are successful in gaining a place on our Cable Jointing or Overhead Lines programmes to start in Central & Southern Scotland in July 2021, your 19 weeks training will be residential, Monday to Friday, and will take place at our training centre in Hoylake, England. During this period accommodation will be provided and expenses (including travel) will be paid, though you will have to organise your own transport.

You’ll find more information on our network and operating area on SP Energy Networks website, but here’s a summary of our districts:

Central & Southern ScotlandNorth West England & Mid / North Wales
Glasgow & Clyde NorthMerseyside
Edinburgh & BordersWirral
Central & FifeMid Cheshire
LanarkshireNorth Wales
Ayrshire & Clyde SouthDee Valley & Mid Wales
Dumfries & Stranraer 

What's the application process?

*Assessment centre includes practical assessments and a behavioural interview

You’ll find details of the application closing dates and assessment centre dates below:

LocationStart DateApplication Closing DateAssessment Centre DatesAssessment Location
Central & Southern ScotlandJuly6th May 202125, 26, 27, 28th MayTraining Centre, Cumbernauld
North West England
& Mid / North Wales
July6th May 202110, 11, 17 & 18th MayTraining Centre, Holylake
Central & Southern ScotlandNovember30th May 202113, 14, 15 & 16th SeptemberTraining Centre, Cumbernauld
North West England
& Mid / North Wales
November30th May 20212, 3 & 4th AugustTraining Centre, Holylake

What should you do next?

If you have relevant experience and live in, or near, our area we want to hear from you.

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