Three local apprentices are plugging into a new career at energy firmSSE, where as talented engineers of the future they will be learning how to keep Peterhead’s lights on and homes warm.
The three bright sparks were amongst 169 youngsters to land places on SSE’s prestigious training scheme, out of thousands who applied from all over the country.
The new recruits are part of a 500-strong team of youngsters currently going through various stages of their training programmes, at an average investment of £80,000 per trainee.
This year 20% more trainees have been hired than last year. Over the next few years they will learn the tools of their trade at Peterhead while attending college to study the theory of their new profession.
The sky is literally the limit for these SSE apprentices who will be training to help maintain the 128,000 km of overhead - and underground - power lines across the distribution and transmission networks, plant and equipment at depots, power stations, wind farms or hydro projects, or carry out commercial or domestic electrical work.
Joining SSE’s ‘Class of 2014’, are Craig Fraser (17) and Marc Noble (18), from Peterhead and Ryan McRobbie (20), from Fraserburgh.
They will be training to become maintenance engineers, electrical fitters, electrical installers or engineers, working from the company’s Peterhead power station in Boddam.
The Peterhead group have just spent their first induction week meeting other starters and getting an overview of the different jobs they will be doing in the future.
Craig will benefit from on-the-job work combined with theoretical study at Perth College, a specialist centre of education.
As trainee engineers, Ryan and Mark will also learn at work whilst studying for a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering at Inverness College then Aston University, Birmingham.
Thousands of apprentices have successfully graduated through SSE’s programme and now play a vital role in all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations.
Since 2007, more than 800 apprentices have been hired by SSE Plc, which is one of the UK’s leading energy companies.