Community Switcher


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Community Switcher


Zero Hour Contract: £14.07 per hour

Job location: Island of Stronsay

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks forms part of the FTSE-50 energy company, SSE. Our electricity distribution and transmission networks carry electricity to over 3.7 million homes and businesses across Scotland and Central Southern England. Our skilled teams are based right across the regions we serve, from the bustle of West London to the smallest villages in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks we are keeping our customers' lives comfortable, warm and well lit, no matter what. Our focus on people helps us understand the needs of the community and deliver the best service possible – no excuses. We've worked on our networks for over 70 years to meet the changing needs of our customers. We are ready to meet the challenges ahead, we're powering our community.

Stronsay is a remote island north of Orkney mainland, with 211 customers and 50Km of overhead line. As permanent Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks employees are based on the Orkney Mainland, initial fault response is carried out by retained and or community switchers. To maintain customer service standards, an opportunity has arisen for a committed person to be trained in 'switching' activities to ensure prompt restoration of electricity supplies during planned or unplanned interruptions of the network.

The Community Switcher along with the Retained Switcher, would allow full or partial supply restoration, as well as fault identification before permanent staff can arrive (weather permitting). The main role of the Community Switcher is to be a second person, during darkness or bad weather, as well as providing cover while Retained Switcher is of the island.

To be successful, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A basic knowledge of electricity would be advantageous along with the ability to demonstrate high safety standards. Full training for the role will be provided, however, you will be expected to pass a High Voltage switching course.

The role is being offered with no guaranteed hours and due to the unpredictable nature of the role and need for immediate action, you will need to be a permanent resident on the island of Stronsay. Further to this you must have a full UK driving license and access to a vehicle, as well as being willing to work outdoors in poor weather conditions.

Closing date for applications is: 20th October

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