At SP Energy Networks our focus is on harnessing technology and innovation to create the network of the future and accelerate the transition to Net Zero. Our team is building a dynamic network to meet the changing demands for electricity as we work to deliver a better future, quicker.
Our Site Managers play a vital role in helping us futureproof our network by co-ordinating and monitoring our contractors’ on-site activities on major projects. We spoke to Fraser to bring you an exclusive insight into the world of a Trainee Site Manager. Check out his answers below to find out more about his career journey and the benefits of this trainee programme:
What has your trainee experience at SPEN been like so far?
It’s been very enjoyable since I started last January (2020). I have experienced a large array of different areas within the SPEN business and every team I have worked with has been very welcoming and made my experience there enjoyable.
What do you enjoy the most about your role?
I enjoy that no two days are the same. The projects I am working on are forever changing and throwing up new challenges. I enjoy that I get to work with a lot of different contractors from all aspects of the construction and electrical industry. Working with such an array of people both within SPEN and outwith gives rise to the possibility of learning new things or gaining new knowledge every day.
Can you tell us a bit about your career journey? What led you this career choice? Why did you apply for this role?
After leaving Aberdeen Uni with my BSc Hons in Sport Science I began working in the Overhead Line Industry. Moving up from trainee to a linesman where I spent many years travelling and working all over the UK and Ireland at different voltages. I then began a site supervisor role for one of the biggest OHL contractors in the UK working on many of Scottish Power’s major projects both in Scotland and Manweb area. When the opportunity arose to join SPEN, after a recommendation from a former colleague of how good the company is and how suited I would be for the role, I applied. The opportunity to expand my experience, not just in my familiar OHL capacity, but also in both Substations and Cabling projects which I had never previously been involved in, was one of the main appeals. I believed this platform would give me the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Distribution and Transmission networks and benefit me for the future of my professional career. The security, flexibility and training provided working for one of the biggest companies in the world was also majorly appealing.
How do you think you’ll benefit from completing this programme?
I feel by expanding to all aspects of SP Transmission I will be fully confident to take on a site management role in any area of the business, whether it’s OHL, Substation or Cabling, which is something not many people currently have the skill set or flexibility to be able to do.
What do you like the most about working at SPEN?
The ability to see a pathway to develop and progress in my career. Having spoken with several of my senior managers, they give you the feeling that there is a pathway and options for you to train and develop and go as far in the company as you wish.
What are the people like that you work with?
Great. Everybody I have worked within the construction management team have been friendly and extremely helpful since I joined just over a year ago. Everyone is willing to go out their way to assist you and have all be so accommodating of sharing their knowledge and experience with me. There is always someone available with the right answer for any question I may have.
Find out more about our Trainee Site Manager programme here.