Future is bright for Modern Apprentices

The apprentices seen here with Paul Sinclair, Programme Manager for Modern Apprenticeships
The apprentices seen here with Paul Sinclair, Programme Manager for Modern Apprenticeships

Over one hundred talented new Modern Apprentices (MAs) are starting a bright and promising career after passing a rigorous selection process to join SSE’s industry renowned Modern Apprenticeship programme.

The new recruits were picked from thousands who originally applied for the roles and they took up their tools for the first time at the Scottish induction in Perth last week.

52 apprentices will now join the company’s prestigious Modern ApLinkprenticship training programme in Scotland and SSE’s highly skilled and safety conscious 20,000 workforce.

The 2013 Modern Apprentices come from all over Scotland (from Orkney to Edinburgh) and will be training for around three to four years.

They will be based at key sites throughout Scotland from Clyde Wind Farm in Lanarkshire to Peterhead Power Station and engineering depots throughout Scotland.

The programme combines theoretical study with site based hands on practical experience, while under the supervision of an experienced manager in the company. SSE is one of the largest energy companies in the UK and the apprentices represent all disciplines of the energy industry.

The MAs will be exposed to a broad spectrum of activities including: wind turbine installation and commissioning, mechanical engineering, electrical installation, power engineering, safety inspection and testing, high voltage installation.

The theoretical part of their apprenticeship will be conducted at Colleges throughout Scotland including Anniesland College, Banff and Buchan College, Fife College, North Glasgow College and Perth.

Once the MAs have finished their training, there is no restriction to how far they can progress within SSE. Newly qualified staff can take full advantage of SSE’s development scheme, receiving guidance as to the most appropriate route to take in order to achieve their particular goals.

Ryan Sadler, SSE’s Head of Learning and Development said: “As industry leaders, SSE can offer an exciting and diverse career through a defined and innovative Modern Apprenticeship programme. “

Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland Damien Yeates said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build a career in a fast-moving and vital sector.”