SSE has added another 53 new recruits to its ranks as it steps up ambitions to treble its renewable output and build the electricity network needed to deliver net zero.
The new apprentices will be deployed across the Perth-headquartered firm in a variety of roles, ranging from servicing wind farms to maintaining flexible electricity grids to transport more green energy.
The expansion builds on the 1,000 jobs SSE created in 2020.
In previous years, recruits would have attended a week-long induction event before undertaking activity at training centres on site and at college.
However, due to Covid-19 they’ve had a mixture of virtual and limited face-to-face meetings.
Many of the jobs are based in rural and coastal communities, providing “high quality, well paid training opportunities” which support local economies, according to SSE.
Positions include apprentice jointers, linespersons and electrical fitters working on the electricity network in the north of Scotland and central southern England.
The four-year training programme also includes financial education, cyber security, mental health and support for parents and guardians of young apprentices and trainee engineers.
John Stewart, SSE director of HR, said: “Just as efforts have continued to battle the coronavirus pandemic so too have they stepped up in the fight against climate change, so whilst it will have been a very different induction to the business for our latest apprentices and trainee engineers, they couldn’t be joining the industry at a more vital time.
“Our business is investing £4m a day in low-carbon energy and electricity infrastructure over the next five years and these recruits are joining an industry at a critical moment in the low carbon transition, setting their careers up to play a pivotal role in delivering a net zero future.”
Katie Hutton, director of national training programmes at Skills Development Scotland, added: “Apprenticeships have been recognised as a vital part in the economic recovery from the pandemic, particularly providing much needed opportunities for young people to get into work.
“Employers who are able to recruit can give young people the chance to make a difference to their business through apprenticeships, with companies such as SSE offering apprentices the opportunity to gain much needed skills in a key sector supporting Scotland’s future.”