Gas Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship (Mechanical) - Kirremuir

  • National Grid
  • Kirriemuir, UK
  • 21 Jan, 2020
Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering

Job Description

Why choose us

The effects of climate change impact our lives every day – from the air we breathe, to the food we eat and the world we live in. At National Grid, we run and operate the UK’s energy system, delivering power to every corner of the country. This means we play a central role in helping to solve the challenges facing our climate. It’s why we’re acting today to help build a cleaner, greener Britain.

We’re investing in transformative engineering and cutting-edge technology to help the country hit its net zero carbon target by 2050. But to achieve this goal we need the right people. We need people with passion and potential to help us win the race to halt climate change. For us, it is the job that can’t wait.

About the programme

In this four-year programme, there will be a wide range of learning opportunities with a mixture of on-site training, attendance at Our Academy training centre in rural Nottinghamshire plus, attendance at college and external training courses. You’ll join our Gas Transmission Operations team at one of our gas operational sites around the country. By maintaining the pipelines, compressors or gas turbines, you’ll ensure the safe, secure and reliable operation of our gas network. You’ll also help bring about the necessary changes to enable new sources of gas to enter the UK.

During, and on completion of the apprenticeship, you will be expected to work as part of a larger team, so good communication skills are essential as you may have to interact with your immediate team, the general public, agencies and emergency services on safety related matters and also provide technical advice to other stakeholders.

What's in it for you

After all of this fantastic training and experience, you will want to spend the next few years putting this all into practice and continuing to build on your technical capability acquiring further technical certificates and qualifications.

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will attain an HNC in Mechanical Engineering and a level 3 qualification in Maintenance and Operations Engineering, from there your opportunities within National Grid are endless, with a wide range of potential career options.

What will the programme lead to?

You'll install, inspect, commission, operate, repair and maintainTerminal, Compressor Station and Pipeline and AGI systems and assets,You'll always work to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you in accordance with safety policies and procedures. You will maintain accurate site maintenance, asset, operational and safe control of operations records of all work activities and operations undertaken to ensure compliance with relevant policies and regulatory requirements. You'll support the construction and commissioning of new assets onto the gas transmission system and other non-load related projects.You'llidentify and action the requirement to replace or upgrade existing plant and equipment, participatingin the design of minor modifications. You will contribute to the development, review and update of emergency, security, safety, operational and environmental plans and procedures to ensure safe and cost effective operation of plant and equipment. You'll ensure that the high-pressure pipeline system is protected, including the monitoring of third party work, aerial sighting response, cathodic protection monitoring, support of the in-line inspection programme, and undertake competent person role associated with routine and low complex non-routine operational procedures. You'll oversee and inspect work activities undertaken by contractors and working party members where required to provide assurance that technical and safety compliance standards are being maintained and undertaken

What you'll get

You will receive a starting salary of £17,940 and you will work towards a level 3 qualification worth approximately £20,000. You will also have access to a number of additional benefits such as 25 days’ holiday, an excellent pension scheme and a number of flexible benefits such as a salary sacrifice car scheme. You’ll also benefit from full board accommodation whilst away at our training academy, which includes your accommodation, 3 meals per day, safety clothing and equipment, and travel expenses. Not to mention the earning potential once you’ve finished programme as well as a thoroughly rewarding career.

Our values

National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce which represents the communities we serve and a working environment in which each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential

Role location

This role is based at the Lockerley Compressor Station - SO51 0JA. Please ensure that you live within 60 minute travel commute of this location.

For all other locations for this role please return to the search page on our website. Other locations include:

  • Bacton
  • Wormington
  • Carnforth
  • St Fergus
  • Kirriemuir
  • Wooler
  • Cambridge, Huntingdon & Peterborough - Applicants will travel to all 3 sites if successful

Role requirements

You must have or be predicted to gain Five GCSE’s graded A-C / 4-9 or equivalent, two of which must be Maths and English Language along with three others from any of the following subject areas – IT, Technical Drawing, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or any other Engineering subject, English Literature, Geography or History


An Engineering Diploma/Qualification i.e. BTEC (grade pass) along with GCSE Maths and English graded A-C /4-9 or equivalent
To apply for this role, you must hold a valid full UK car driving licence, or be willing to learn to drive and agree to secure a valid full UK car driving licence within 12 months after joining the programme or as soon as possible after your 17th birthday. 
To live within a 60 minute travel commute of Lockerley Compressor Station. More locations are available for this role and are listed below.

Closing date

The closing date for this vacancy is 16th February 2020, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid's recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

Further information

If you consider yourself to have a disability, long term health condition and/or require any reasonable adjustments to complete any part of our application process, please make us aware as soon as possible so we can make the relevant adjustments.

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