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Onshore Apprenticeship Programme

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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.

ScottishPower Renewables is at the forefront of the development, construction and operation of onshore wind, battery and solar projects in the UK and Republic of Ireland. With an extensive portfolio of projects, we’re pioneering new technologies, such as Battery Energy Storage Systems, and building and repowering windfarms right across the country. And with a variety of multi-million-pound projects on our grid, there’s never been a more exciting time to join our team to help us increase our use of green technologies and reduce our impact on our planet.

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 Onshore Apprentice programmes blend academic and technical skills training with work-based learning and assessment. Bringing 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.

As the UK strives to improve its renewables mix, the importance of wind energy is increasing exponentially. Our programme will kick start your career in an enduring industry, allowing you to cement the foundations of your career and will provide you with exciting options for a varied career path.

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 apprenticeship programmes.

Operation & Maintenance Apprenticeship

Start DateWork LocationCourse and College
August 2021Whitelee WindfarmHNC Electrical Power Engineering - Wind Turbine Maintenance and HNC Electrical Engineering @ Ayrshire College in Ayr

Our four-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity for on the job learning and unique work experiences. Throughout your course, you’ll see how your studies relate to real life Renewables operations scenarios, from the principals of Wind Energy and Power Engineering to Electrical, Mechanical and Hydraulic theory. You’ll develop your hand skills through practical work tasks on ScottishPower Renewables fleet of onshore wind turbines, helping bring your learning to life.

Health and Safety is our number one priority and from day one you’ll be taught the fundamentals enabling you to keep yourself and your colleagues safe. You’ll be introduced to the Wind Turbine Safety Rules and the Electrical and Mechanical 4th Edition Safety Rules (High Voltage), electrical machine principles for motors and transformers, including DC, single phase and three phase motors. And our experienced technicians will mentor you, teaching you how these relate to our turbines. You’ll learn about electrical power supply systems, such as power quality, power system faults and improving power system efficiency so that you can assist with the operation and maintenance of our windfarms.

Throughout your course, you’ll see how your studies relate to both traditional and current engineering methods, building the foundations of your career as a technician. And at the end of the programme you’ll be ready to become an Operations Technician.

You’ll need two Highers at grades A-C (or equivalent) including Maths and either English or Physics. You’ll be working on our turbines which can be up to 90 metres high, so you’ll need to be comfortable operating at heights. You’ll also need to be physically fit to reach the turbine hub so your fitness may be evaluated during the assessment process. Most of our windfarms aren’t accessible by public transport, including Whitelee, so you’ll need a driving licence to get to and around the site.

Onshore Development Project Management Apprenticeship

Start DateWork LocationCourse and College
August 2021GlasgowHND in in Project Management in Glasgow

Our Onshore Development Team is responsible for identifying renewable energy development opportunities, through to the obtaining of all relevant planning consents for these developments. During this three-year programme, our Onshore Development Project Management Apprentice will be involved in some of the most high-profile renewables projects in the UK. Mentored by one of our experienced Project Managers, you’ll play a key role in the development and delivery of renewables projects. And right from the start, you’ll take responsibility for vital aspects of these projects. Liaising with multiple stakeholders throughout the project life cycle, you’ll build an understanding of project work streams and gain an insight into the whole project.

Throughout your course, you’ll see how your studies link to both the principles and practices behind successful project management. You’ll find that real life scenarios, such as using software tools to assist with planning and execution, will really compliment your learning. And at the end of the programme you’ll have all the skills and experience you need to be a successful Project Management Co-ordinator.

This programme is suitable for candidates with and without work experience. You might have two Highers at grades A-C (or equivalent), one of which must be Maths, or a qualification from a Craft Apprenticeship. Alternatively, you might have experience within a project development environment (from feasibility assessment through to design/consent). Or you could have experience in an environmental or project management workplace. 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?

*O&M Apprentice

You’ll attend an assessment centre which will include climbing and hand skills exercises, as well as an interview.

*Onshore Development Project Management Apprentice

This will be an interview and presentation.

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What should you do next?

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