Recruitment and selection in the energy industry
A ScottishPower case study

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Recruitment into ScottishPower takes place at a number of entry levels. Two of the most important of these are at the apprentice level and at that of graduate trainee.

Since the 1990s, recruitment activity for large companies often takes place online. In addition, specific jobs may be advertised in the local or national press.

The ScottishPower website provides a wealth of detail about the company and careers. It makes it possible for applicants to download details and application forms for Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Programmes. In both cases, applicants must meet minimum requirements of qualifications or experience. Literature about careers with ScottishPower is available through the Careers Service in schools and universities.


Apprenticeships allow new employees to earn a good wage while working and learning new skills. They lead to nationally recognised qualifications. The qualification is specifically related to job relevant skills. Apprenticeships are at two levels: Apprenticeships Level 2 are equivalent to five good GCSE passes or Standard grades; Advanced Apprenticeships Level 3 are equivalent to two A-level passes or Higher grades.

The Apprenticeship programme at ScottishPower lasts three to four years and blends training with work based learning and assessment. To apply for an Apprenticeship programme an applicant must complete an online application form. ScottishPower then invites applicants to attend an assessment centre. Here candidates undertake practical and written tests. They are then interviewed to check that they have the competencies required to fill the job. This is followed by a medical to check their fitness levels.

Graduate programmes

ScottishPower's Graduate programmes are for candidates with a university degree. The graduate programme lasts two years and is tailored to each graduate's individual aspirations and business requirements.

Candidates need to be able to demonstrate in their application form their motivation (why they want the job) and competency (their ability to carry out the job). Those candidates who meet ScottishPower's requirements are invited to a one-day session at an assessment centre.

Selecting suitable candidates currently involves:

  • a group exercise
  • an individual presentation
  • psychometric testing
  • a competency-based interview.

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