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Cyber Security Graduate / Degree Apprentice - Energy Networks


Duration - 4 Years

Location - Glasgow or Prenton / 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

Plus a competitive pension and a range of flexible benefits.

Minimum Criteria
Scotland - Four Highers at grades A and B, including Computing or Maths (or equivalent). Plus National 5s at grades A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent).
England - 120 UCAS points achieved through A Levels (or equivalent). Plus GCSEs at a grades A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent).
Driving Licence (or working towards it)

Scotland - BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security at Glasgow Caledonian University
England - BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security through QA in partnership with Northumbria University

Graduates 2021

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

As a Cyber Security Graduate Apprentice / Degree Apprentice, your role will be crucial in ensuring the safety and security of all planned activities. Collaborating with various teams, such as Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), Security Architecture, Cyber Security Operations and Project Delivery, you will learn to implement robust Cyber Security measures to protect the organisation's digital assets and infrastructure.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team where you will be responsible for identifying and assessing risks, implementing controls, monitoring compliance, and providing assurance to stakeholders that risks are effectively managed. As part of the Security Architecture team, you will develop skills in addressing potential security risks and vulnerabilities by selecting and implementing appropriate security controls. Additionally, working alongside the Cyber Security Operations team, you will support the detection, response and recovery from cyber security incidents, contributing to continuous improvement of our security posture. This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your cyber security skills, with ongoing learning opportunities and training to help you pave the way towards the career you desire.

As part of your responsibilities, you will be encouraged to research new and specialist techniques, allowing you to stay at the forefront of the field. In addition, you will have the chance to work across industries, gaining diverse perspectives and insights that will enrich your understanding of cyber security. Your input will also be instrumental in shaping SP Energy Networks Cyber LAB, a hub of expertise and innovation. Within this role, you will hold a crucial position, providing oversight, governance and valuable advice to our business. From day-to-day activities to current and future projects, you will be recognised as an expert in the field, offering your expertise and guidance to drive success.

What's in it for you

As a Cyber Security Graduate / Degree 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 Cyber Security Engineer, with a starting salary of £39,240.

Your journey as a Cyber Security apprentice will include a multitude of exciting opportunities and rewarding experiences that will shape your professional career in the Cyber Security field. From day one, you will have the chance to work alongside experienced professionals who are passionate about what they do. This collaborative environment fosters continuous learning and growth, providing you with the perfect platform to enhance your technical skills and broaden your knowledge. Your technical skill set in the Cyber Security domain, including a strong understanding of network protocols, operating systems and computer architecture, will be invaluable in identifying and implementing sustainable practices within our operations. You will have the opportunity to use your expertise to contribute to the development of secure systems, protect against cyber threats and ensure the integrity of our networks.

What's in it for you

If you live in Scotland, you’ll have four Highers at grades A - B, including Computing or Maths (or equivalent). You’ll also have National 5s at grades A - C in Maths and English (or equivalent). We’re taking a hybrid approach to working with your time split between university, home and the office.

If you live in England, you’ll have 120 UCAS points through A Levels (or equivalent) as well as GCSEs at grades A - C in in Maths and English (or equivalent).

For both programmes, you’ll also need a driving licence (or be working towards it) as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period. We’re taking a hybrid approach to working with your time split between university, home and the office.




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.