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Adult Craft Trainee Programme -Energy Networks


Duration - 2 Years

Location - Central & Southern Scotland, Northwest England & Mid / North Wales

Applications - Up to 6th February 2024

Start Date - 7th May 2024

Salary & Benefits
Starting salary £23,120 with incremental increases throughout the duration of the programme.
Plus a competitive pension and a range of flexible benefits.

Minimum Criteria
Hands-on experience in an industrial or electrical environment
Experience working within an environment where Health and Safety policies have a high priority
Driving Licence

Scotland -
Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering
England - Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering Distribution and Transmission

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Where you’ll be working

Our energy landscape is going through a time of profound change. A challenge touching every part of our society, we need to eradicate carbon emissions to halt the effects of climate change. We need to change how we live our lives and replace the use of fossil fuels for transport and heat.

Electricity will be at the heart of the solution, through electric vehicles and heat pumps. And with more renewables generation and other technologies connected to the electricity grid than ever before, it’s our role to make sure we create a more efficient, cleaner, greener network to accommodate this increase in demand.

Within SP Energy Networks, we are focusing on harnessing technology and innovation to create the networks of the future. With distribution networks designed for predictable, stable demand, it’s vital we upgrade our network to create the flexibility required to cope with the extensive changes to electricity demand, generation and consumer behaviour. Through technology and innovation, we will enable a consumer-led revolution in the use and operation of our system. It will undergo the biggest changes to its design and operation for over half a century and you can be part of it.

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

What you’ll be doing

With commitments to achieve Net Zero as early as 2030, it’s crucial that we facilitate significant increases in Electric Vehicle (EV), heat pump and renewable generation connections to support the decarbonisation of heat and transport. To do this, we urgently need Cable Jointers and Overhead Linespersons to join our business. You’ll find more information on our trades, including Cable Jointing and Overhead Lines, here.

The Adult Craft Trainee programme provides hands-on experience in the installation and maintenance of power infrastructure and delves deep into the intricacies of renewable energy technologies. It offers a unique opportunity to enter the exciting world of energy networks, allowing participants to learn and grow in a dynamic and rapidly evolving industry. We’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the energy sector.

Our trainee programme is designed to build on your existing skills from other industries, combining technical, academic and on-the-job training. Not only will you study towards a nationally recognised qualification, but you will also earn a competitive salary, develop new skills and gain invaluable knowledge and experience. It offers exceptional training opportunities for those who want to enhance their existing skills or explore new opportunities through retraining.

Once you have completed your training you will be required to carry out emergency standby duties therefore it is essential you live in one of our districts or within close proximity to our disctricts. You can find a list of the disctricts we are recruiting for below.

Central & Southern ScotlandNorthwest England & Mid / North Wales
Ayrshire & Clyde SouthMid Cheshire
Central & FifeDee Valley and Mid Wales
Dumfries & StranraerNorth Wales
Edinburgh & BordersWirral
Glasgow & Cyde North 

What’s in it for you

As an Adult Craft Trainee, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £23,120
  • 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.

Upon completion of the Adult Craft Trainee Programme, you’ll become a qualified Craftsperson achieving either:

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

What you’ll bring

You’ll have experience working within an industrial or electrical environment (or similar) where adherence to health and safety policies is vital.

There are many different past work experiences that are suitable, however, some examples include:

  • Ground Works
  • Plumbing
  • Electricians
  • Army communication kit (operation and maintenance)
  • Ex-Armed Forces
  • Building or construction general operative i.e. groundwork, dumper driving, digger driving, pipe laying
  • Joiners or Fitters
  • Warehouse production operatives
  • Warehouse FLT drivers
  • Roads Skilled Operative (operating high power tools)
  • Mechanics

We place a strong emphasis on health and safety, so experience in this area is crucial. Additionally, a driving license is essential as you will be required to travel to various sites both during and after your training period. 

As a Cable Jointer, you’ll need to be comfortable working in confined spaces. As an Overhead Linesperson, you’ll be comfortable climbing and working at heights.

If you already have experience in either of these trades, there may be opportunities to reduce the duration of the training period accordingly.

Join us now and together we can create a world that is safer, more efficient and more sustainable for generations to come. 


*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 May 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.

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