SSE has launched a new engineering degree in partnership with Highlands University. The university partnered with the Perth-based utility three years ago to help find a solution to the demand for power transmission engineers – with the result being the new BEng Power Engineering Systems degree.
The degree will be remotely-delivered to students across the Highlands and Islands from Inverness College, enabling them to live, study and work in their local areas.
Billy Andrews, programme leader, Inverness College UHI, said: “As well as meeting the needs of local employers in the Highland and Islands, this qualification should be of interest to power network providers across the world.
“As an example, the Beauly to Denny power line upgrade was undertaken in some of the most hostile conditions possible and we can take students to learn in what is a real living laboratory.”
David Gardner, SSE Director of Transmission, said: “We will be sponsoring a total of six places, three of which will be through SHE Transmission which will provide a bursary and a salaried summer placement in the company.
“Where possible, two of those three students will be from the Caithness-Sutherland and the Great Glen areas, so we know that there is a guaranteed placement for them on already established sites and our hope is that they will then continue to live and work in the area.”
A university spokesman added: “As part of our partnership, we discussed the training needs of SSE and their supply chain. We discovered that much of the training in this particular engineering discipline was being undertaken in England meaning that students had to travel south to gain the qualification.
“We’ve been working with SSE and our engineering staff across the university to respond to this anomaly and develop our new degree which will deliver qualified staff to SSE where they need it and also attract new students into our area.”