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Operation and Maintenance Higher Skills Apprentice - Onshore Renewables

Duration - 4 Years

Location - Arecleoch Windfarm (Ayrshire)  or Harestanes Windfarm (Dumfries & Galloway)

Applications - Up to 10th March 2024

Start Date - 2nd September 2024

Salary & Benefits

Year 1 - £20,000    |    Year 2 - £25,925    |    Year 3 - £31,850    |    Year 4 - £35,027

Plus a competitive pension and a range of flexible benefits.

Minimum Criteria
Two Highers at grades A-C, including Maths and either Physics or English (or equivalent).
Comfortable operating at heights.
Driving Licence and use of a vehicle

HNC Electrical Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College

Graduates 2021

Where you’ll be working

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. 

ScottishPower Renewables is at the forefront of the development of the renewables industry through pioneering ideas, forward thinking and outstanding innovation. A leader in the renewables energy industry, we have ambitious plans for growth. You can expect to see expansion of our existing onshore and offshore wind portfolio, investment in new large-scale solar deployment, pioneering floating wind technologies and innovative grid storage systems including batteries. This will be key to enabling the UK’s green energy transition, and we want you to be a part of it.

You’ll find more information about ScottishPower, including details of our current projects, on our website.

What you’ll be doing

Our four-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Apprenticeship programme offers a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and invaluable work experiences. Throughout the course, you will witness how your studies directly apply to real-life scenarios in Renewables’ operations. You will immerse yourself into the principles of Wind Energy and Power Engineering, as well as delving into Electrical, Mechanical and Hydraulic theory. The programme will help you develop practical skills by engaging in tasks on our fleet of onshore wind turbines, providing a tangible connection to your learning.

Safety is our utmost priority and right from the beginning, you will receive comprehensive training on the fundamentals of Health and Safety. You will be introduced to important safety rules, such as the Wind Turbine Safety Rules (Low Voltage) and the Electrical and Mechanical 5th Edition Safety Rules (High Voltage). Additionally, you will gain knowledge on electrical machine principles, including motors and transformers, covering DC, single phase and three-phase motors. Our experienced technicians will guide and mentor you, helping you understand how these concepts apply to our turbines. You will also learn about electrical power supply systems, including power quality, power system faults and methods to enhance power system efficiency. This knowledge will enable you to contribute to the operation and maintenance of our renewable energy parks.

What’s in it for you

As an Operations & Maintenance Apprentice, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Starting salary of £20,000
  • 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.
  • On completion of your programme, you’ll continue your development and you’ll be ready to become a qualified Operations & Maintenance Technician.

The 4th year of the programme is a development year where you will spend most of your time at our windfarms learning from our experienced team of technicians and managers. All of our locations are accessed over forestry tracks so you will be provided with an operational vehicle which is suitable for our road infrastructure to get you to and from your place of work and to navigate around site.

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired the necessary expertise and confidence to take on the role of an Operations & Maintenance Technician. You will be equipped with a comprehensive skillset that includes technical knowledge, problem-solving abilities and a strong understanding of safety protocols. In addition to the professional growth and career prospects, this apprenticeship will also provide you with personal development opportunities. You will learn to work effectively as part of a team, develop strong communication skills, and adapt to a dynamic work environment.

Overall, as an Operations and Maintenance Apprentice, you will gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that will not only advance your career but also shape you into a well-rounded professional. This programme offers a unique blend of theoretical learning, practical application and personal development, making it an invaluable stepping stone towards a successful future in the field of operations and maintenance.

What you’ll bring

You’ll need two Highers at grades A-C, including Maths and either English or Physics (or equivalent). As part of your role, you will be working on our turbines, which can reach heights of up to 90 meters, so it is essential that you are comfortable operating at such heights. Additionally, please note that most of our windfarms are not easily accessible by public transport therefore, having a driving license and use of a vehicle is a requirement in order to travel to for your training and to operational sites. Furthermore, it is important that you are open to traveling, both for offsite academic training and onsite training, to ensure your continuous development throughout the programme.

On completion of training please be advised that it is highly recommended that you live within a one-hour commuting distance from one of the designated locations mentioned above.




Closing date: 10th March 2024*

*We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible as we reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

What happens next

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link to submit your online application. If you need support with your application or would like to discuss any adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact If you would prefer a call to discuss adjustments let us know by email and we can arrange a call at a time that suits you.

ScottishPower welcomes applications from candidates of all nationalities. To join the Apprentice Programme, you will need to be able to evidence that you hold a valid right to work in the UK for the duration of your apprenticeship programme which will commence in September 2024.

At ScottishPower we value diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to creating a workplace that welcomes and respects individuals from all backgrounds. We work hard to ensure our recruitment process is fair, transparent and unbiased, providing equal opportunities for all candidates. It’s our belief that diverse perspectives lead to innovation and better decision-making, so we foster a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone's voice is heard and valued. Join us as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable future.