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Power Engineering Apprenticeship Programme


“I went to Uni and was with a contractor at ScottishPower after that, but I wasn’t learning much. I spoke to a few people here and then applied for the Apprenticeship Programme. Now I’m studying for a practical qualification and I get to do the day job as well, and that’s something that really appeals to me.”

Heather – Power Engineering 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.

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?

During this three-year programme, you’ll attend college and our purpose-built training centres to combine academic study with practical application of electrical engineering principles. You’ll also benefit from work-based learning in our operational districts, allowing you to see how your studies relate to real life projects.

A great alternative to university, you’ll do a nationally recognised qualification while gaining unique work experiences. With excellent training opportunities, varied career paths and secure employment, this programme will kick start your career in an enduring industry, allowing you to set the foundations for your future.

As a Power Engineering 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.

  • On completion of your programme, you’ll continue your career as a Project Co-ordinator, with a starting salary of £31,238, while you build your experience to progress to become a Project Engineer.

What will you be doing?

Working alongside our craft and engineering workforce, you’ll assist them in the operation, maintenance and construction of our network. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in some of our most exciting projects and make a real-world difference in the fight against climate change. Right now, we’re working hard to upgrade our network to make it more efficient and sustainable for our customers, communities and stakeholders as we strive to achieve Net Zero. You’ll be involved in delivering connections and upgrades to the network to support electrification of transport and heat and renewable generation. From Smart Grids to renewables connections, our industry is going through unprecedented levels of innovation and change so there’s never been a better time to join us.

During the programme, you’ll achieve an HNC in Electrical Engineering and, on completion, you’ll become a Project Co-ordinator while you build your experience to progress to become a Project Engineer.

We have opportunities across our operating area in Central and Southern Scotland, Merseyside, Wirral, Cheshire, Mid and North Wales to start in September 2022. You’ll find more information on our network and operating area on SP Energy Networks website but here’s a summary of our districts:

Central & Southern ScotlandNorth West England & Mid / North Wales
Glasgow & Clyde NorthMerseyside
Edinburgh & BordersWirral
Central & FifeMid Cheshire
LanarkshireNorth Wales
Ayrshire & Clyde SouthDee Valley & Mid Wales
Dumfries & Stranraer 

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.

You’ll have two Highers or A levels at grades A-C (or equivalent), including Maths. Though we’ll also consider the BTEC Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Level 3 or National Certificate SCQF Level 6 in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Ideally, you’ll also have a driving licence as you’ll need to get to different sites both during and after your training period.