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Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

The Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is available to young people aged 16–19, providing a great foundation and valuable first step into the challenging and rewarding engineering industry equipping them with the knowledge and relevant experience to enhance their skill set and employability

The programme combines on-site technical skills training and academic study at a local college in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ellesmere Port. All the training provided as part of the programme will last for nine months (September - June) as you work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

If you’re considering applying you should have an interest in electrical engineering, be highly motivated with a positive attitude and have a willingness to learn. In addition:

  • In Scotland – Two National 5s or equivalent in Maths, English and/or a STEM related subject (we will also consider National 4 awards or equivalent).
  • In England & Wales – Two GCSE’s at Grade A–C / 4-9 from Maths, English and/or a STEM related subject.


The Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is sponsored by ScottishPower; it is not a permanent role. You will receive a monthly £333 allowance as a contribution towards your travel to a local college.

Hear from our employees who were previously on the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

Kay, SP Energy Networks Graduate (2022/23 Scholar)

Kaci – Craft Apprenticeship Programme

“Being part of the Pre-Apprenticeship programme gave me a fantastic insight as to what it would be like working in the engineering industry. It provided me with all the necessary knowledge and skills required to progress on to a Craft Apprenticeship. I was also provided with full support from all my lecturers.

It was an amazing experience.”

Kay, SP Energy Networks Graduate (2022/23 Scholar)

Callum – Craft Apprenticeship Programme

“My experience on the Pre-Apprenticeship programme was brilliant and from day one you were treated with great importance.

The course is designed to target key areas for you develop and succeed in. I was well looked after, and it pushed me to my best to continue through the programme and get an apprenticeship with ScottishPower. Learning about the different trades during the programme led me to realising that being an overhead linesman was what I wanted to be.

I would recommend this course to anyone who feels like they want to be part of something bigger.”

Kay, SP Energy Networks Graduate (2022/23 Scholar)

Gustas – Craft Apprenticeship Programme

“I have enjoyed my time at Edinburgh College as a Pre-Apprentice. The Pre-Apprenticeship programme has been a good opportunity for me to learn new skills and broaden my knowledge.

This experience has helped me in my overhead lines apprenticeship as I have a better understanding of the abilities I need, and I have also been trained in the basics of the other trades offered within ScottishPower. This allows me to appreciate the other members of the company and greatly improves my work ethic and understanding of ScottishPower as a whole - not just the trade I am in.”

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