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Graduate Apprenticeship Programme

Our Business

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

At SP Energy Networks we’re harnessing technology and encouraging innovation to create the network of the future. Our team is building a dynamic network to meet the changing demands for electricity and renewable electricity so that we can serve our communities safely, securely and sustainably.

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 supplementing your education with invaluable industry experience. Not only will you stand out from your peers, 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, it’ll be a blend of classroom learning 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, the employer and the university and all our processes will have the learning journey at the heart of the process.

And you’ll be well rewarded with a starting salary of £18,500 and additional benefits such as access to a stakeholder pension scheme, a generous holiday entitlement and a range of employee discounts.

What will you be doing?

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

Real Time Systems

Start DateWork LocationCourse and University
September 2021PrentonBSc (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 Graduate 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 for maintenance and incident progression as we 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. Ideally, you’ll also have a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.

Quantity Surveying

Start DateWork LocationCourse and University
September 2021CambuslangBSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship Construction and Built 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, contract & tender reviews including engagement of multiple stakeholders during commercial meetings. 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. Ideally, you’ll also have a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.

Who are we looking for?

We need people who are ambitious with a desire to learn, who embrace new ideas and challenge others to think differently. Above all, you must share our passion for excellence and be able to deliver results and impress our customers so that we can all be proud of where we work. If this sounds like you, jump start your career now - with a global business making a real difference to the way we generate and use energy.

What’s the application process?

Online application, Online testing, Video interview, Assessment centre, Interview, Offer.

What should you do next?

If you’re interested in one of the above courses, we want to hear from you NOW.

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