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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 Warwick, UK
19 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the role Joining the Capital Delivery Commercial team, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in the development and implementation of contract strategies pre-award and gain experience of the management of contracts post-award. You’ll ensure we receive value for money and outperform the standards set by our current regulatory framework, RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs). As part of this apprenticeship you’ll work closely with a number of key stakeholders and interfaces including the Construction delivery teams, Global Procurement and our Development function; providing our ‘pipeline’ of future works. You will ensure that National Grid values are embedded in every aspect of successful contract preparation, from Financial outcomes to Health & Safety. As part of this team you will ensure that value is created in awarding effective and efficient contracts to the supply chain for our significant investment programme. Key Tasks and Areas of Work As a Higher Apprentice in our Commercial & Contracts team you will have the opportunity to be involved in the following: - The development and implementation of commercial strategies which create value through the award and delivery of the contracts. - Working with Global Procurement and our Commercial Officers to develop and implement future contracting and ‘NG Buys’ strategies, including overseeing and co-coordinating tender events where required. - Commercial evaluation, negotiation and the formation of contractual terms, including Legal interfacing. - Strategic sourcing, supply chain management and supplier development. - The management of our commercial/contractual relationships with our strategic suppliers - Monitoring contract performance and identify areas for improvement - The development and application of commercial and /contract management processes, looking at everything from tender management and contract compliance to contract administration, to make sure we get value for money. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have gained an understanding of the context of procurement and supply, understand pre-procurement and early market engagement, understand sourcing and contract agreements, supplier management and category management along with how pre-contract and post contract award is managed in National Grid. Benefits 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. If you’re keen to earn while you learn, our Commercial Management Higher Apprenticeship Programme is a great opportunity to gain a level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). Or, if you already have a degree, it’s an ideal way to specialise in a vital, demanding and growing area. Thanks to the mix of formal study at college and practical experience at our offices in Castle Donnington/Warwick, you’ll develop well-rounded skills. Upon successful completion of the programme, you can look forward to a permanent job within the Commercial team.
National Grid Warwick, UK
19 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the Role Do you have an interest in solving technology problems, preventing cyber disasters and ultimately outwitting cyber-criminals? This programme will give you the skills, qualifications and technical know-how that is needed to stop cyber-crime, decrypt data and untangle malware. The services underpinning digital security are wide-ranging and so you could make your mark in: - Intelligence - Incident and Threat Management - Design and Delivery of Enterprise Architecture - Digital Forensics - Insider Threat Management - Data analytics - Strategy and policy - Compliance - Governance - Research and Development The programme will allow you to develop your real world skills in information security with the combination of classroom training and on-the-job experiences in the above services. Key Tasks and Areas of Work You could be working in a variety of projects and/or real time roles, covering risk management, governance and compliance, incident management, technical design or relationship management etc. You will be expected to deliver successful outcomes from a selection of the above work areas and experience how we manage the cyber risk. Benefits Working in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same. You will be at the heart of a team protecting National Grid assets from cyber-crime.
National Grid Warwick, UK
19 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the Role Are you looking for an apprenticeship that is fast paced , challenging, exciting and a fantastic opportunity to work with cutting edge technology? That’s good because that’s what we are looking for in an apprentice wanting to start their career in the IT industry, where innovation, reliability and security is the technology that empowers National Grid in this fast-changing energy industry. From desktop support to server and cloud projects, the role promises varied and interesting exposure to a broad range of technologies which means you could work in: - Project Management – working on projects to deliver technology or applications - Business Analysis – understanding business processes and the systems that our customers use - Infrastructure & Operations – maintaining live systems and resolving problems with system failures - Business Relationship Management – working with our customers to understand their system requirements - Enterprise / Solution Architecture - setting out National Grid’s technical roadmap and the technology of the future - Digital Risk and Security – working to keep our systems safe from cyber crime *  - Critical National Infrastructure Analyst – supporting systems that manage gas and electricity flow Key Tasks and Areas of Work Depending on your choice of business area, you could be working in any of the following roles: - Working as a junior project manager or business analyst – working with both our business customers and internal IT teams to deliver system changes and understand customer needs. - Working with the infrastructure / operations / strategy team – working on initiatives that mean we can collaborate better, work smarter, be more digital or new company wide application changes. - Working across our global business to share best practice on how to make best use of our applications and technologies - Working with our customers to really understand their business and how technology can improve the way they work Benefits Working in the IS department means you could be working with third party suppliers or National Grid businesses. The role that technology plays is wide reaching and touches every working person every day. You will have access to many parts of National Grid, whether that is through starting projects and visioning the end product, resolving technology issues for customers or finding better ways to use technology for the benefit of our employees and customers.
National Grid Warwick, UK
19 Nov, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
About the role The Project Planner role is a mixture of formal training and managed office based experience where you will be able to put into practice the new skills you are developing and acquiring throughout the programme. This role is a dynamic and varied role, requiring advanced organisation skills, stakeholder management skills and a keen drive to take ownership and make intelligent decisions to support National Grid’s outputs. At the start of the programme you will learn how Network Management operates and you will receive a detailed insight into the processes, procedures, systems and working practices which ensures Network Management successfully delivers National Grid’s outputs. You will be assigned to a Portfolio Planning zone giving you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills required to become a Portfolio Planner. Through this placement you will gain the knowledge in order to undertake robust decision making, ensuring successful delivery of the portfolio of works. You will perform a fundamental role that is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of a portfolio of work; from managing resources and Electricity System Outages through to delivering national change initiatives that have the potential to impact the successful delivery of work. You will also build relationships with a range of stakeholders who are based in the office and out on site. Once qualified you will be able to: - Ensure timely safety risk assessments are initiated where maintenance has been deferred and assess and manage any constraints to determine any mitigating actions which are required to meet area targets and ensure plan deliverability - Plan and manage the work allocation for resources that are planned on a national level ensuring the plans are fully optimised - Be accountable for both resource and outage planning ownership – authority of work to be included or removed from the plan - Monitor progress against business outcome targets, owning and ensuring all decisions satisfy outcomes and are made visible to all areas of the business Evaluate costs, risks and performance. Benefits Whilst undertaking the role, the successful candidate will be required to represent Network Management at all levels within the organisation – leading and driving decisions. This is a particularly varied high profile role where no two days are the same .It is an exciting fast paced environment to work within, where the decisions made by individuals and teams have a real impact on business outcomes delivering value for the business and our customers.
National Grid Nationwide
19 Nov, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship
About the Role As a Higher Apprentice Engineer, working at your current level of training, you would be ensuring the continued safe and reliable operation of the electricity transmission network through the efficient maintenance of substation assets. Once you have successfully completed the Higher Apprentice you could be responsible for performing substation engineering services on various projects (from 69 up to 765 kV voltage levels). Prepare electrical protection and control design deliverables, and/or physical layouts for high and extra high voltage substations (HV and EHV). Key Tasks and Areas of Work Whilst on programme, Higher Apprentice Substation Engineers can typically expect to; Year 1 - Shadow experienced craftsperson’s and engineers in site work - Interpret engineering drawings - Experience major outages and faults including - Transformer and Circuit breaker maintenances Year 2 - Involvement in planning of outages - Shadowing experienced protection engineers - Pass safety authorisation to become Competent Persons Year 3 - Undertake Authorised Persons and Senior Authorised Persons training and site - based homework - Outage planning Benefits The Higher Apprentice Engineer programme has been designed specifically to develop new trainees into site based supervisor roles within Electricity Transmission Owner delivery. These are based within a number of National Grid substation sites around the UK. The programme is 36 months in duration and features a blended learning approach including; - On job experiences - structured specifically by the team leader and mentor. This may involve shadowing and delivering day to day work activities. The log book aims to structure and reflect on this learning - Academy specialist training (Eakring, Nottinghamshire) - 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. - Academic qualification - Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electricity Transmission) with Aston University
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.