A career with purpose

Graduates are the future of National Grid. They’re the individuals who bring with them fresh thinking, new perspectives and enthusiasm. And because of that, we want to put you to work right away, with real responsibility and the chance to contribute from day one.

Our 18 month graduate programme is made up of three, six month placements (with the exception of the Finance Graduate programme which is three years long consisting of three, 12 month placements) and is a fantastic way to kick off your career. You’ll put the skills you’ve already developed to good use and build on a whole host of new ones as you experience comprehensive training modules in a supportive, welcoming environment.

Our 2018 Graduate Programmes_

What we’re looking for

Finding the right people to join the Graduate Development Programme is no easy task. We need candidates who possess the perfect mix of a positive attitude, an innate willingness to learn and a hunger for success.

As a graduate with us, you’ll be supported by our ambitious growth strategy which includes a comprehensive training and development plan. But it’s not as simple as telling you what we want you to hear – you need to demonstrate to us that you’re able to put all this knowledge to use effectively and successfully. You’ll play an active part in our business and demonstrate your ambition every single day. 

You can review a full list of the qualifications you'll need for each of our Graduate programmes here.

What’s in it for you

As a first step to your career in the energy industry, our Graduate Programmes are like no other. You’ll gain vital exposure and insight to how we work at National Grid while gaining an understanding of what a career with us can offer. We want you to look forward to continuing your career with us and offer some great rewards and benefits:

Rewards and Benefits

Graduates joining us in will receive a starting salary of £27,500 for Bachelors / £28,500 for Masters, and a £2000 joining bonus, along with the following:

  • 25 days holiday (pro rata)
  • £2400 completion payment
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business
  • Higher cost of living allowance (Inner London, Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan areas)
  • Pensions Scheme
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Share option Scheme
  • Buddy/Mentor support during your placement
  • Accredited by the IMechE, IGEM and IET
  • Full study support for CIMA for the Finance roles and CIPS for the Procurement Roles
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Additional annual leave to help when you move between placements
  • Assistance with moving personal belongings

Meet our Graduates

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    Alex Dean

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Calum Scott

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Joshua Bates

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Loren Cowling

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Michael Jennison

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Navdeep Kahlon

    Graduate at National Grid 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1 When do applications open for the Graduate programmes and do I need to apply by a certain date?

    Applications for our Graduate programmes open on 15th September 2017. Based on our previous volume of responses many of our programmes are filled by the end of October. We advise all candidates to apply as early as possible to ensure they obtain the place that they want, as each programme will close as it is filled between October and January. 

    Candidates should also check on the specific closing dates for each programme in the detailed role description to ensure that their application is submitted on time. 

  • 2 What qualifications do I need to apply for a Graduate role in National Grid?

    Each of our programmes require different qualifications depending on the specialist area. Most of our Technical and Engineering roles require an Engineering or STEM subject degree, whereas Non-technical and Business Support roles usually require degrees relating to the relevant role. Details of the qualifications needed for each role are shown on the ‘what we’re looking for section’ of the site. 

  • 3 Can I still apply if I have applied to National Grid before?

    Yes of course, we appreciate tenacious people who really want to work for us so you’re welcome to apply to us again.

  • 4 Can I apply for more than one Graduate role?

    No, you can only apply for a single role. However if we feel that your skills and qualifications match another role we may contact you to discuss the opportunity and see if you are interested.

How do I apply?

Join us

We’re looking for fresh talent and innovative thinking. If you’re passionate about the future of energy and excited by the prospect of working as part of a dynamic, inspiring team then you could be right for National Grid. 

Here’s how to apply

  • Stage 1 Online 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. 

  • Stage 2 Online ability tests

    If you meet the minimum requirements for the role you’ll be put through 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 3 Telephone 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 and will be asked questions about the energy industry along with some competency based questions. 

  • Stage 4 Assessment Centre

    If you’re invited to attend one of our assessment centres, you’ll take part in an interview, group exercise and a presentation exercise where you can let your personality shine through. 

  • Stage 5 Decision

    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 call you to let you know and 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.