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Be the Heart of Energy

About us

We’re National Grid: we bring power to people. From heating up homes to keeping the lights on in hospitals, the energy we deliver makes the everyday possible. Now, you can help us, as we shape the future of millions and build the hi-tech networks of tomorrow.

We don’t generate or sell energy: instead, we join the dots that take it from A to B. At the backbone of industry and the heart of daily life, we take this vital force where it’s needed most.  As an Apprentice, you’ll join a new generation of talent, earning, learning, and building a launchpad for a successful, long-lasting career. Tomorrow’s energy industry is yours to shape.

Our opportunities

For some people, textbooks aren’t the best use of their time: but that doesn’t mean you’re short on talent. Learning in our world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, our apprenticeships offer cutting-edge development, featuring expert instructors, hands-on training with live models, 3D learning suites and more. Here, we’ll show you how you can make the most of your skills – and get paid at the same time.

Advanced Apprenticeship

If you’ve completed – or are about to complete – your GCSEs, this apprenticeship is for you. Over three/four years, we’ll train you to become an expert in specialisms such as Gas Pipeline Maintenance, Gas Operations or Electrical Substations.

Higher Apprenticeship

If you’ve completed, or nearly completed, your A-levels (or equivalent), this is the right path to take. During our two/three-year courses, we’ll show you how to start a career in future-focused disciplines such as Power System Planning, Cyber Security or Project Management.

What we’re looking for

Each role at National Grid requires specific skills – and we look for people who can contribute their own ideas and way of thinking. However, there are some qualities that tie us together. The world of energy is constantly evolving: we need people with the spark, adaptability and drive to keep people connected. If you’re passionate about the future of our industry – and excited by the prospect of changing it – then you could be right for National Grid.

 

 

Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships - 

Discover a new classroom

For some people, textbooks aren’t the best use of their time. And, just because you’re more practical than academic, it doesn’t mean you’re short on talent – it just means there’s somewhere better to realise your potential than college.

If that sounds like you, and you’ve completed, or nearly completed your GCSEs, there is another option: National Grid’s Advanced Apprenticeship Programme. Through a combination of formal studying and practical application, you’ll develop the skills and sharpen the knowledge that’ll set you up to lead us into the future.

What will I be doing?

During your first year as an Advanced Apprentice you’ll spend time at our National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire completing a mix of safety training, starting the academic qualifications and basic hand skills in electrical and mechanical techniques to equip you with the relevant skills and knowledge. 

An advanced apprenticeship is your first step to an exciting career with National Grid. After training is successfully completed, you’ll take up your role with professional technician status, whether as an engineer or supervisor.

Skills for life, top qualifications and an opportunity to shape the future of energy. As a National Grid Apprentice, you’ll be part of an organisation that has ambitious, world-changing plans for the future – and you’ll be well rewarded for playing your part. From a Trailblazer City & Guilds Level 3 qualification worth approximately £20,000, to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.

To find out more about National Grid's Advanced Apprenticeships, click here!

 

Higher Apprenticeships - 

A real alternative to university

There’s a lot you can learn by going to university. But, if you know what career direction you want to take, university might not be your best option: from debt to the delay in getting experience under your belt, uni can come with a real opportunity cost. 

If you’ve completed, or nearly completed, your A-levels or equivalent, one of our two or three-year Higher Apprenticeship Programmes could be the option for you. Through a combination of formal studying and learning how to put what you’ve learnt into practice, you can achieve a Foundation degree or level 4 qualification – dependent on business area – and set your career on the right track. 

What will I be doing?

In your first year of the Higher Apprenticeship scheme, on the technical and engineering based apprenticeships you’ll spend time at our National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire. You’ll complete a mix of safety training and basic hand skills in electrical and mechanical techniques that will get you on track to achieve your academic qualifications. 

On the Higher Apprenticeship Programme, you can earn a competitive salary while you work towards acquiring your Foundation Degree/level 4 qualification (depending on business area) and gain valuable practical experience.

A Higher Apprenticeship with National Grid is the perfect way to get your career off to a flying start. Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll become a specialist in your chosen area and have the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice while building your technical skills and working towards certificates and qualifications.

 

To find out more about National Grid's Higher Apprenticehships, click here!

 

Salary & benefits

We’re a company that believes in the power of action, where effort and initiative are recognised and rewarded. We offer an attractive starting salary and first-class training and development opportunities. Benefits include generous holidays, pension and share scheme and a popular flexible benefits package

You’ll receive a generous starting salary that will increase on completion of your apprenticeship. In addition to this, you’ll receive free full board accommodation whilst at our academy and we’ll cover travel costs associated with your training. In addition, Advanced Apprentices also receive a contribution towards a mobile phone (up to £150) and £200 towards driving lessons (if required).

 

Requirements

Advanced Apprenticeship Programme

To join the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme you need to be ambitious and eager with a ‘can do’ approach to everything given to you. Playing a significant role as part of a larger team, you’ll be inspired and driven by the opportunity to build a career with us. If you’re qualified up to GCSE level, an Advanced Apprenticeship with National Grid could be perfect for you.

Higher Apprenticeship Programme

Joining us as a Higher Apprentice means you’re qualified up to A-level or equivalent. You’ll be responsible for the successful planning and delivery of a portfolio of work with real responsibility from day one and an opportunity that is exactly what you make it.  

 

Apply

Visit the website to apply to any of the apprenticeship programmes. 

 

National Grid Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex
16 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the Role As an Advanced Apprentice Substation Craftsperson, you would carry out maintenance, repair and monitoring of high voltage substation equipment, under the supervision of a specified team. Ensuring that National Grid can meet its requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability. As an apprentice you could find yourself working on overhead lines or underground cables, and in electrical substations, where switchgear controls the voltage levels and the protection of the network. Whichever area you work in you will learn to carry out risk assessments, diagnose faults and make repairs, using electrical theories and your technical knowledge to maintain the integrity of the network. You may be required to drive vehicles equipped with tools and material s to job sites, and apply your mechanical knowledge to operate equipment such as elevated platforms, winches, ground-breakers and tensioning devices. This role is physically demanding and you will need to have a head for heights as well as a good level of physical fitness. You should be prepared to work outside, by day or night, in all weather conditions, either alone or as part of a team. The power industry demands very high standards of safety so you will need to take a disciplined and responsible approach to your work, follow instructions and comply with stringent safety rules, policies and procedures. Key Tasks and Areas of Work Whilst on programme , Apprentices can typically expect to; - Adhere to safety practices and procedures, carry out risk assessments, check the condition of the work site - Shadow experienced Craftsperson’s and engage in on site work according to skill level - Use electrical/mechanical knowledge and skills to install, maintain and dismantle a wide variety of high voltage plant and apparatus including transformers, switchgear, cable terminations and other associated equipment. - Be an active member of the working party once at the required skill level and be responsible for other members of the working party carrying out maintenance and repairs on the system whilst working under the safety document - Working as part of a larger team that is responsible for a zone/geographical area - Complete work according to outage restrictions and targets - Apply electrical theories and principles to use electronic equipment to carry out diagnostic fault finding procedures Benefits The Power Network Craftsperson Advanced Apprenticeship is a level 3 programme that has been designed to provide Apprentices with the skills and knowledge, to work in the specialist area of expertise, within the power industry and to develop Apprentices into skilled craftsperson within Electricity Transmission Owner (ETO). Apprentices will liaise with other departments such as planning and go to other zones/geographical areas to develop their skills.
National Grid Warwick, UK
16 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the role National Grid is the sole owner and operator of the gas transmission infrastructure in Great Britain. It’s our task to ensure that gas is delivered to the end consumer whilst maintaining pressures in a safe and contractual limit. As the Gas System Operator we are responsible for long term strategy, planning and real-time operation of the gas network in Great Britain, delivering the highest levels of service for our customers and stakeholders. This unique position at the heart of the energy industry gives us the privilege of shaping the future development of the NTS. Key Tasks and Areas of Work Based at the Gas National Control Centre, whilst on the programme, you will be exposed to new activities and deliver new services and innovative products to the gas industry to ensure you finish the programme ready to take your role in Gas Operations. You will learn about the National Transmission System (NTS) whilst getting involved in both long and short-term planning of the Network by: - Undertaking training utilising bespoke software to enable you to be a network analyst - Developing an understanding of the future energy requirements of the gas network - Developing and delivering tools to help System Operator/Gas Operations capability requirements - Shadowing experienced analysts and assisting with specific network analysis tasks - Carrying out analysis to assist with investment decisions on the NTS - Analysing networks to help deliver customer requests Benefits Earn while you learn - Gain a bespoke Foundation Degree specific to Gas Transmission Engineering designed in collaboration with National Grid. This degree has over 30 courses from technically specific NTS courses to much wider engineering techniques such as electrical fitting and welding. Mix of formal study at University, training at our state of the art residential Academy and practical experience to enable the development of well-rounded skills. Site visits to all types of NTS connections all over the country and training at our brand new unique training AGI (the only one in Europe) Opportunity to specialise in a vital, demanding and growing area Opportunity of a permanent job when the programme is satisfactorily completed
National Grid Warwick, UK
16 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the Role National Grid is the sole owner and operator of the gas transmission infrastructure in Great Britain. It’s our task to ensure supply meets demand, by buying, selling and using stored gas. At all times system pressures need to be maintained and the highest quality standards upheld to ensure the system is always operating within stringent safety limits. Does this sound like something you would enjoy being a part of? As a Trainee Operations Engineer you will be working towards forming long term strategy, planning and real-time operation of the gas network in Great Britain as part of the team in the Gas System Operator. As part of the role you’ll be expected to deliver the highest levels of service for our customers and stakeholders. This unique position at the heart of the energy industry gives us the privilege of shaping the future development of the NTS. Key Tasks Based in our Gas National Control Centre, whilst on the programme you will be exposed to new activities and deliver new services and innovative products to the gas industry to ensure you finish the programme ready to take your role in Gas Operations. You will be involved in controlling and balancing the Nation’s gas demand with the supply we have in the pipelines across the country by: - Developing and delivering SO/GSO requirements to meet agreed obligations - Shadowing and assisting with specific network analysis tasks - Devising and evaluating potential decision-making tools which could be used in a real-time environment - Identifying scenarios that could potentially lead to operational or commercial issues - Analysing supply and demand patterns to identify new ways to carry out forecasts and methodologies Benefits Earn while you learn - Gain a bespoke Foundation Degree specific to Gas Transmission Engineering designed in collaboration with National Grid. This degree has over 30 courses from technically specific NTS courses to much wider engineering techniques such as electrical fitting and welding. Mix of formal study at University, training at our state of the art residential Academy and practical experience to enable the development of well-rounded skills. Site visits to all types of NTS connections all over the country and training at our brand new unique training AGI (the only one in Europe)Opportunity to specialise in a vital, demanding and growing areaOpportunity of a permanent job when the programme is satisfactorily completed
National Grid Home start
16 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the role This role will be based in the Gas Transmission Delivery team within the Capital Delivery Directorate of National Grid. Capital Delivery is responsible for the delivery of construction projects across the Gas and Electricity Transmission network. During the 2 year training programme the Trainee will gain experience and knowledge within the Gas Transmission Delivery department. On successful completion of the training programme trainees will be given the role of Project Assurance Controller. Project Assurance Controllers(PAC) are based on construction sites throughout the country where they will ensure that projects are delivered in accordance with the Technical and Contractual requirements whilst promoting and monitoring safety, reliability and efficiency on site. When site works are not active PACs will assist Project Managers with preparatory works, such as liaison and surveying. During on the job training the trainee will assist with Project Delivery, primarily at an on-site level, they will be mentored through this phase on tasks including: - Auditing and technical inspections - Surveying - On site record keeping and project document updates. - Management of contractors. - Liaison with Project stakeholders The 24-month apprenticeship scheme will consist of: Foundation Degree with Aston University - This training is delivered over 2 years on a 2-week block release and is delivered at the University facilities in Aston, Birmingham, additional study time outside of the university taught weeks will be required. National Grid Academy technical, safety and professional training modules delivered by qualified delivery staff - These modules are a selection of business specific and general training modules. Benefits On successful completion of the programme the trainee will be given the role of Project Assurance Controller where the benefits will include: - Company car - Company laptop - Company mobile phone In Capital Delivery, we are committed to the personal development of our staff. Joining us, you’ll be supported as you develop a wide range of leadership, business and technical skills through structured training and on the-job experience. And you’ll work closely with your line manager to establish and navigate through a Personal Development Plan that is tailored to your needs.
National Grid Birmingham, Hitchin & Knowsley
16 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
  About the Role Gas Transmission operates and maintains the national gas transmission system in the UK. Historically, our gas has come from the UK continental shelf fields. But with these resources running out fast, we’re looking at other supplies and sources, including importing international gas supplies. It’s a new phase, making this an even more exciting time to join. Our National Transmission System (NTS) which stretches right across Scotland, England and Wales is made up of approximately 9,000 km of high pressure steel pipelines and 25 compressor stations. Joining the Gas Transmission team behind it, you’ll help them deliver the improvements essential to its ongoing safety, reliability and security whilst also working on external customer projects. Key Tasks and Areas of Work On this two year development course, you’ll be challenged from the start as you take on all aspects of project management, high pressure gas engineering, operation and maintenance through a structured training programme, all while studying for a Foundation degree. We’ll support you every step of the way. And if you successfully complete the course, you’ll kick start your career equipped with the all-round skills and experience needed to shine. Benefits After all of this fantastic training and experience, you will want to spend time putting this all into practice and continuing to build on your technical capability acquiring further technical certificates and qualifications. Upon successful completion of the programme you will attain a great deal of skills and experience, along with a Foundation Degree, from there your opportunities within National Grid are endless, with a wide range of potential career options.