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Onshore Apprenticeship Programme


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.

ScottishPower Renewables

The renewables industry is expanding rapidly and ScottishPower is at the forefront of that development. With a range of high value capital projects across the world, at various stages from consents to construction, 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.

Securing our position as a leader in the renewable energy industry, we now have 40 operational windfarm sites, and are exploring ventures in battery storage and solar energy. We’re leaving the carbon generation behind for a renewable future powered by green energy, to make our air cleaner and the generation of electricity cheaper.

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.

As a ScottishPower Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits as well as a varied and interesting career path, 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?

Keep reading to learn more about the exciting opportunities we have available.

Operation & Maintenance Apprenticeship
Start DateWork LocationCourse and University
August 2022Whitelee 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 our 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. Most of our windfarms aren’t accessible by public transport, including Whitelee, so you must have a driving licence to get to and around the site.

 Project Management Apprenticeship
Start DateWork LocationCourse and University
August 2022GlasgowHND 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 Project Management Apprentice will be involved in some of the most high-profile and high value 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 gain insight into all aspects of the 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?

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.