LAURA SNEDDON, an apprentice with SSE, recently met Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Energy and Skills.
By DARA BUTTERFIELD
This year Perth-based utility giant SSE is due to take in 146 apprentices – 21 more than 2014 – in an £11.68 million programme to invest an average of £80,000 in training each apprentice.
Matthew Hancock, Minister for Energy and Skills, praised SSE recently for their commitment to investing in future talent after meeting with a group of current trainees.
Hancock met with trainees from the company’s apprenticeship programmes, which last three to four years putting trainees through foundation degrees as well as giving them work experience across the business,
Hancock said: “Apprenticeships put young people on track for a first rate career and it’s great to see SSE giving 800 people, across the country, an all-important first chance. We’ve delivered two million apprenticeships since 2010 and with our new high quality training framework there’s never been a better time to start one.”
Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE, said: “We’re already fully aware of the enormous benefit of investing properly in the talent of tomorrow. It’s why we are investing so much in our apprentices, putting millions of pounds into backing the talent of tomorrow.
“Every year since 2007, more than 100 new apprentices have joined our apprenticeship programme, which offers sustainable long term jobs. And by long-term I mean long-term – some of our senior executives joined SSE themselves as trainees or apprentices, and have never looked back since.”