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.
Year two involves building your specific technical skills and continuing with your academic qualifications. This is supported with additional time at the Academy. You’ll spend much of your time learning on the job and with the support of your mentor and manager you’ll be directly involved in live projects taking place. Throughout this, all of your work will be guided by a ‘log book’ of practical, on-site activities that you’ll need to complete and have signed by the relevant Assessor. Depending on the apprenticeship you take, you will gain a City & Guilds Diploma, a BTEC or HND level qualification.
Our Advanced Apprenticeship schemes extend over a third or even fourth year depending on the business area, where you’ll get even more exposure to live projects. You’ll spend up to 75% of your time on-site, putting the skills and knowledge you have gained into practice and building a portfolio of experience to further your career with us.
What routes can I take?
Now you know what’s involved, discover what different routes you can follow on the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.
Circuit breakers, transformers, disconnectors, compressors and auxiliary systems: as part of our Substations team, you’ll be tasked with looking after our electricity substations and high-voltage electricity equipment, helping us keep the lights on nationwide.
Gas Operations – Electrical & Instrumentation/Pipeline Maintenance Control
Maintaining pipelines, compressors and gas turbines: it’s all in a day’s work for our Gas Operations team as they help ensure the safe, secure and reliable operation of our gas network.
Liquefied Natural Gas
Based at our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Kent, you’ll learn how to carry out thorough on-site inspections and maintenance to make sure our LNG operations keep running safely and smoothly
Where will it take me?
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. And, just because you’ve graduated your apprenticeship, doesn’t mean the learning will stop, as you continue putting into practice your training, and working towards further technical certificates and qualifications.
Rewards & Benefits
What’s in it for me?
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 Power Network Craftsperson Advanced Apprenticeship L3 qualification worth approximately £20,000, to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.
Rewards and Benefits
Starting salary of £16,305, rising to at least £27,360 after training
25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
£200 towards driving lessons
Access to leisure facilities
Full-board accommodation whilst at our academy
Sharesave options and pension scheme
Range of flexible benefits
Substations – A technical qualification in City & Guilds 2339-45 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering – Distribution and Transmission
Gas Operations – BTEC & HNC in Electrical Engineering
Pipeline Maintenance Controls – BTEC in Mechanical Engineering
Frequently Asked Questions
1When do the apprenticeships start?
The apprenticeships start in September 2018.
2Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship?
No, you can only apply for one apprenticeship. However, if we feel your qualifications match another role we may contact you about it to see if it’s of interest to you.
3Who can apply for an apprenticeship (school leavers, sixth form)
You must be 16 years or above to apply for an apprenticeship and there is no upper age limit. Apart from that, anyone with the minimum requirements for the roles can apply
4How will I be supported through my apprenticeship
You’ll be assigned a manager and mentor to support you throughout your time on the programme. You’ll attend our National Training Centre where you’ll meet other apprentices and build a network of friends who are also on their journey through National Grid.
5Where will I be studying for the Advanced Apprenticeship?
When you start your apprenticeship you’ll spend time at our training facility in Eakring Nottinghamshire. As you gain more experience you will spend more time learning on the job [NG1].
How do I apply?
We think it’s important to make sure that you end up in the right role. To do this we’ve created a recruitment process with you in mind. We want you to have the chance to show your skills and demonstrate how you match the role. In simple terms, we want to get to know you as best we can.
Here’s how to apply
Stage 1Online Application
You can apply through this website, your application should take around one hour to complete but you can save it and return to it later. As part of your online application you will need to complete timed ability tests and a personality questionnaire which allow us to get a real picture of who you are and where you fit into National Grid.
Stage 2Telephone Interview
If you’ve impressed us, you’ll be invited to a telephone interview where you’ll tell us a little more about yourself and your ambitions.
Stage 3Assessment Centre
If you’re invited to attend one of our assessment centres, you’ll take part in a number of exercises with other candidates where you can let your personality shine through
The final stage in the process, we will act as quickly as possible to inform you of the outcome. If you’re successful we’ll send you an offer letter confirming the details. If unsuccessful we offer a follow up call to talk you through your application, and provide advice and feedback,