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Craft Apprenticeship Programme



Our Business

ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and world leader in wind energy. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future. We’re proud to say we produce 100% green electricity and are well on our way to our ultimate journey to Net Zero.

We're investing over £1.4 billion in the UK - every year - for the next 5 years. Working on cutting edge innovation projects, we’re creating a smarter, cleaner and more efficient network, as well as building and maintaining windfarms, as we work towards Net Zero.  And, with contributions of £40m to charitable causes during the last 5 years, we’re investing in our communities as well to create a better future, quicker, for everyone.

SP Energy Networks

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.

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 four-year programme brings 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. With excellent training opportunities, varied career paths and secure employment, this programme will kick start your career in an enduring industry, allowing you to set the foundations for your future.

As a ScottishPower Craft Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £11,571

  • 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 career as a Craftsperson with a starting salary of £25,767

What will you be doing?

We’re working hard to make our network smarter, cleaner and greener to help us achieve Net Zero, and we need you to join us on the journey. With plans to accelerate the electrification of transport and heating, it’s vital that our network is ready for this electric revolution. We need Linespersons to work on our overhead lines infrastructure and Fitters to work in our substations. You could be helping to connect new customers to our network; or you could be installing Smart equipment for monitoring or automation. You may even be carrying out critical preventative maintenance to increase efficiency and minimise electricity losses.  Either way, you’ll be playing a key role in the fight against climate change.

Blending academic and technical skills tuition with work-based learning, this programme will provide training on a variety of assets, from the latest technology to traditional kit, providing you with a varied and interesting career. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on a trade and become an Overhead Linesperson or a Fitter. You’ll find more information on these trades here.

Health and Safety is our number one priority; from day one you’ll be taught the fundamentals enabling you to keep yourself and your colleagues safe. You’ll be introduced to your chosen trade, all within the safety of our first-class training centres. During your training, you’ll develop your technical knowledge and hands-on skills. Within your first year, you’ll be out in your local district being mentored by our experienced Craftspeople. And on completion of your programme, you’ll join them as you continue your career as a Craftsperson.

Who are we looking for?

YOU! We want you. We want people with talent and ambition, a desire to learn, who embrace innovative ideas and challenge others to think differently. Above all, you must share our passion for excellence to deliver for our customers; and you must be excited to help us generate the change needed to deliver a better future, quicker. Because nothing matters more.

As part of our 2022 campaign we’re looking for Overhead Linespersons and Fitters to join us in September in Central and Southern Scotland, Merseyside, Wirral, Cheshire, Mid and North Wales.

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 

If you live in Scotland, you’ll have or expect to achieve, three National 5s (or equivalent) in English, Maths and a STEM related subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

If you live in England or Wales, you’ll have or expect to achieve, three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C / 4-9 in English, Maths and a STEM related subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Alternatively, we’ll consider functional skills at level 2 in English and Maths.

Ideally, you’ll also have a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites during your training period. If you don’t have a driving licence, you’ll be required to obtain one as soon as you are able. Whether working as an Overhead Linesman or a Fitter, you’ll need to be comfortable climbing and working at heights. As an Overhead Linesperson you’ll be working daily on overhead lines, typically up to 10 metres, using a range of access equipment including mobile elevated working platforms, climbing irons and ladders. Our Fitters do not work at heights on a daily basis but may need to work on top of equipment at heights up to 6 metres.