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Graduate Apprenticeship Programme

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2022  PROGRAMME. YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE TO RECEIVE UPDATES ABOUT FUTURE RECRUITMENT.

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 Graduate Apprenticeship programme lets you work towards a degree while enriching your education with invaluable industry experience. You’ll stand out from your peers and you’ll be able to apply your work experience to your learning, helping you understand how key theories apply to the real world.

Like a traditional undergraduate degree, you’ll study a variety of relevant subjects and achieve the equivalent level of qualification over a four-year period. But instead of only classroom learning, you’ll blend academic study and work experience for your training and assessment. And the best part is, you get paid a full-time salary at the same time!

While you complete your degree, you’ll be on a full-time contract and will have the opportunity of a permanent role following graduation. Typically, you’ll be at uni one day per week, with the other four spent in the workplace, though the balance may change as you progress through your degree.

This programme is a three-way partnership between you, SP Energy Networks and the university; we’ll work together to get the best out of you, ensuring the best possible start to your career.

As a Graduate Apprentice / Degree Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £18,500

  • 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.

What will you be doing?

We’re looking for talented, ambitious, hardworking and flexible people who are interested in the following degree courses.

DATA SCIENCE GRADUATE APPRENTICE/ DEGREE APPRENTICE
Start Date
Work Location
Course and University
September 2022GlasgowBSc (Hons) Data Science @ Heriot Watt University
September 2022PrentonBSc (Hons) Data Science @ University of Nottingham

To develop a flexible and truly smart grid, we’re rolling-out a new data, digital and communications ecosystem that will enable coordinated planning and delivery of whole system solutions. And data is at the very core of this transformation. With vast increases in the volume and frequency of data collected from technologies such as remote sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearable technology and drones, we’ll generate evidence bases and automated solutions that ensure optimised decision making.

As a Data Science Graduate Apprentice / Degree Apprentice, you’ll be immersed in data right from day one. Working within one of our teams responsible for system or asset data, you’ll use data to find meaning and create actionable insights, identifying opportunities for the business.

As we increase our suite of monitoring devices, from substation monitoring to smart meters, we’re harvesting more and more data, enabling us to proactively manage our electricity networks to support the UK’s transition to Net Zero. With support and guidance from your colleagues, you’ll develop your skills to enable you to transform this information into meaningful and usable data. You’ll enhance your understanding of the energy network, become skilled in a range of programme languages and able to utilise multiple algorithm methodologies, including advanced machine learning – all within in a real industry setting. And with opportunities to engage with multiple stakeholders, you’ll hone your presentation skills, adapting your style and enabling you to relate to your audience.

Throughout your course, you’ll connect your studies to current business scenarios, letting you see how the theories apply in the real world. And at the end of the programme, you’ll continue your career as a Data Analyst with a starting salary of £36,648.

With opportunities in Scotland and England, we’re looking for someone who is excited to do a Data Science degree at one of our partner institutions. Both universities offer a blended learning approach with the majority of teaching delivered online.

If you live in Scotland, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science through Heriot-Watt University and will work in our Glasgow office. You’ll have three Highers at a minimum of a B or three A Levels at a minimum of two Bs and a C (or equivalent), in Maths and Computing. We’ll also accept an HNC in Computing or Engineering disciplines that have included Engineering Maths 1 and 2 modules.

If you live in England, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Data Science through Nottingham University and will work in our Prenton office. You’ll have three A Levels at a minimum of 2 B's and 1 C (or equivalent), including A level Maths. PLEASE NOTE Level 4 data analyst apprenticeship at distinction or merit is also a valid entry route and we will consider candidates with alternative qualifications/industry experience on a case by case basis.

CYBER SECURITY GRADUATE APPRENTICE/ DEGREE APPRENTICE
Start Date
Work Location
Course and University
July 2022PrentonBSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security through QA in partnership with Northumbria University
September 2022GlasgowBSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security at Glasgow Caledonian University

The home of our operational technology (OT), our Smart Grid Operations (SGO) Team is driving the new digital and data revolution of our energy system. As we focus on achieving Net Zero, the digitalisation of our network to become a Smart Grid is key to realising this ambition. Facilitating a two-way communication allowing us to respond digitally to rapid changes in demand or faults on our network, our Smart Grid is key to minimising the impact on our customers, communities and stakeholders.

Working as a Cyber Security Graduate Apprentice / Degree Apprentice within our SGO Cyber Security Team, you’ll interface across the different teams within SGO. From Real Time Systems, Electricity Network Automation, Smart Metering Systems to Cyber Security, you’ll support the delivery of projects that enhance the functionality of the systems, while ensuring our systems are available 24/7, 365 days a year- without fail! You’ll play a key role in assessing our network security to present potential cyber issues to senior management and our Global OT Cyber Security Teams. You’ll also be involved vital activities to minimise the risk of interruptions to our network through risk management planning, carrying out risk assessments and, of course, risk mitigation. We’re responsible for providing oversight, governance and advice to our business; from day to day activities to current and future projects, we’re the experts in this field. And by the end of your degree you will be too!

During your degree, you’ll do rotational placements linked to your modules, providing you with the opportunity to see how your studies relate to real life scenarios and giving you that additional dimension that you won’t get from a traditional undergraduate degree. And at the end of the programme, you’ll continue your career as a Cyber Security Engineer with a starting salary of £36,648.

With opportunities in Scotland and England, we’re looking for someone who is excited to do a Cyber Security degree at one of our partner institutions.

If you live in Scotland, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security at Glasgow Caledonian University and will work in our Glasgow office. You’ll have four Highers at grades A - B (or equivalent), including Computing or Maths. You’ll also have National 5s at a grades A - C (or equivalent) in Maths and English.

If you live in England, you’ll do an online learning BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security through QA in partnership with Northumbria University and will work in our Prenton office. You’ll have 120 UCAS points achieved through A Levels (or equivalent). You’ll also have GCSEs at a grades A – C (or equivalent) in Maths and English.

Quantity Surveying Graduate Apprentice
Start Date
Work Location
Course and University
September 2022CambuslangBSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship Construction and Build Environment (Quantity Surveying) @ Glasgow Caledonian University

The Quantity Surveying (QS) Team is responsible for delivering commercial support, expertise and knowledge from Contract Award stage through to the conclusion of the Final Account for a portfolio of Transmission network engineering and construction projects. We’re involved in a variety of exciting projects such as Beauly Denny, the longest transmission line to be built in the UK and one which crosses the highest and most inaccessible terrain in Great Britain.

As a QS Graduate Apprentice, you’ll be a key member of the team, playing a vital role assisting in the delivery of fundamental QS activities that will support your studies and develop your experience. You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in multiple tasks such as assessing monthly contractor measures (payment applications), commercial evaluations of project variations and contact and tender reviews. You’ll enhance your stakeholder engagement skills during commercial meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll be helping us build a more resilient and sustainable network for our customers, communities and stakeholders. 

Throughout your course you’ll see how your studies relate to significant project milestones, building the foundations of your career as a QS. And at the end of the programme, you’ll be ready to become a Graduate Quantity Surveyor, with a starting salary of £36,648.

We’re looking for someone who wants to do a BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship Construction and Built Environment (Quantity Surveying) at Glasgow Caledonian University and will work in our Cambuslang office. You’ll need four Highers at grades A-C (or equivalent), with two of those at a minimum of a B. You’ll also need to have National 5 (or equivalent) in English and Maths. You’ll also need a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.

Real Time Systems Degree Apprentice
Start Date
Work Location
Course and University
September 2022PrentonBSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions @ Manchester Metropolitan University

Within the Real Time Systems (RTS) Team, we combine SCADA information sourced directly from the electricity network with customer calls and smart metering information. Creating a digital twin of the electricity network, we maintain a model for visualisation and control purposes. The scope and complexity of these systems are continuously evolving as we aim to improve our customer service and manage the smart grid that is emerging to accommodate renewable electricity in the drive to Net Zero.

As an RTS Degree Apprentice, you’ll be immersed in our digital world right from the start. We’ll help you develop your understanding of Linux and Microsoft operating systems, relational databases, graphical editing tools and computer networking. Guided by your experienced colleagues, you’ll gain the skills to provide expert support to our Control Centre to minimise the impact of faults, maintenance and new installations on our customers, stakeholders and communities. We engage with a wide range of organisations, and you’ll play a vital role in liaising with external support organisations. Through maintenance and incident progression, you’ll help ensure the availability of the systems that support an evolving electricity network.

Throughout your course, we’ll give you the opportunity to relate your studies to real world scenarios that will compliment your learning. And at the end of the programme, you’ll be ready to become a First Line Support Engineering with a starting salary of £36,648.

We’re looking for someone who wants to do a BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions at Manchester Metropolitan University and will work in our Prenton office. You’ll need three A Levels at grades A-C (or equivalent), including Maths. You’ll also need a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.

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.

 

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2022  PROGRAMME. YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE TO RECEIVE UPDATES ABOUT FUTURE RECRUITMENT.

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