An energy supplier is recruiting jobs as National Apprenticeship Week begins today (Monday, February 8).

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is kickstarting the careers of sixteen new trainees and apprentices.

The provider is responsible for operating electricity networks across 3.1million homes over a 26951-mile patch in Basingstoke, Andover, North Hampshire and southern parts of the county.

And one recruit has relocated 450 miles to start her job - all the way from Edinburgh to the Isle of Wight in Hampshire.

Twenty-four-year-old Melissa Speake, has moved from her home in Edinburgh to join SSEN as a Trainee Engineer in Hampshire.

Melissa said: “The virtual induction introduced us to so many employees across the ranks and showcased the possibilities for development and progression that senior members had gone through. The message of ‘work hard and keep asking for the tools to progress’ was reiterated in our sessions as the tool for growth in our careers and within the company.

“With the pandemic, unemployment rates and general desperation was and is a recurring theme in the news but in this time some sectors have grown, and I want to be a part of something that is growing.

“I was attracted to SSEN as it is an essential industry and I know that, once trained, my skills will be relevant and applicable for at least the next decade. The company has enough variety of roles and sectors that as long as I am open to learning I could progress into different areas throughout my career.”

A spokesman for SSEN said: "In previous years recruits would have attended a week-long induction event before undertaking activity at training centres on site and at college but coronavirus restrictions mean they’ve been welcomed via a mixture of virtual and limited face-to-face meetings and they will be subject to social distancing measures and blended learning as they progress.

"Provided with all of the technology they need to earn as they learn, the trainees and apprentices will also occasionally join a fully qualified colleague in a work support bubble, meaning they can maintain practical experience, but only through social distanced learning with one other person, ensuring all safety and coronavirus hygiene measures are strictly adhered to.

"SSEN was one of the first companies to call for a net zero target, putting it at the heart of its strategy, and its new apprentices will be part of the green workforce supporting the transition to a low carbon world."

John Stewart, SSEN’s 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.”

SSEN’s apprentice and trainees programmes provide training opportunities across central southern England. Positions include apprentice jointers, linespersons and electrical fitters, working on the electricity network that will help support customers.

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