A step ahead

A year in industry is proving more and more popular among undergraduates who realise the advantage it can offer. Some people really come into their own in a working environment and 12 months at National Grid can prove invaluable when deciding the direction you want your career to take. We’re looking for passionate, curious and driven individuals to help us drive our business forward.

If that sounds like something that could work for you, you’ll undertake two placements during the 12 months in a department decided by you and your line manager. During this time you’ll be supported by your line manager and OurAcademy Development (the team who manage new talent). You’ll receive unrivalled training, on the job experience and a guaranteed place on the Graduate Programme once you complete your placement and meet your objectives.

Engineering & Technical

The power behind the power

A placement in Engineering & Technical means playing a pivotal role in keeping energy flowing around the UK. It’s an opportunity offered in departments throughout the business including Electricity and Gas Transmission amongst others. So if you’re an Engineering or STEM undergraduate this could be the perfect step to achieving your career ambitions. 

Fresh ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge are what we’re looking for so you’ll have these in spades. And in return, you’ll play your part in helping us to keep the lights on. 


Keeping the wheels in motion

Satisfying energy demands is at the heart of our Non-Technical programme. From constructing new tunnels and installing overhead cabling as part of Capital Delivery, to making sure the network is fit for purpose on behalf of the System Operator as part of Gas Transmission.

A Non-Technical undergraduate placement means helping to define and design our network and future-proofing our infrastructure. Your insight will help direct our plan and your passion will ensure we’re ready for anything. 

Business Support

Providing essential services

Whether joining us as part of Finance, Global Procurement or IT, you’ll be playing a vital role in keeping National Grid moving. Although not directly involved with the transmission of energy, your input will ensure we’re equipped and prepared for any eventuality. And your enthusiasm will safeguard our business for the future.

An undergraduate placement in Business Support means ensuring everyone at National Grid has everything they need to get the job done effectively and efficiently, time and again.

What we’re looking for?

If you’re joining us for a full 12 months we want to be sure that you get everything you need from experience and that you can make a valuable contribution to our business. This means we’re looking for team-orientated undergraduates with excellent planning and time management skills. 

You’ll need to be confident and comfortable working on multiple projects within various different teams across the business and you’ll need to be willing to work across the UK and be away from home.  

You can see a full list of the subjects you need to be studying or degree requirements here.

You’ll need to be business aware and knowledgeable about our industry as well as being enthusiastic and highly motivated to achieve. 

We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who can balance their academic skills with real enthusiasm and commitment. You’ll be in your penultimate year of study and excited by the opportunity to work across the UK.

You might have relevant work experience or perhaps you’ve volunteered for a local initiative. But ultimately, you’ll demonstrate to us an enthusiasm for your chosen function and be eager to learn the ropes from real experts. 

What routes can I take?

Now you know what’s involved, discover what different routes you can follow on the Undergraduate Industrial Placement.

Business Support

Finance – The Finance function delivers the insights that drive the financial outperformance and long-term value. The department engages with all areas of the National Grid business, reporting on performance and acting as partners to aid in decision making.

IT - This is a global function that provides innovative, reliable and secure technology platforms that empower National Grid in an increasingly fast-changing energy industry.

Global Procurement - As a function, Global Procurement source £4.3billion worldwide of goods and services each year to support the business and what’s more; help to drive value, deliver innovation and improve supply chain performance. When it comes to learning about Procurement, National Grid is the place to be.

Non-Technical & Commercial

Capital Delivery, Junior Quantity Surveyor – Positioning you at the forefront of one of National Grid’s regional teams will provide the opportunity to experience the important role that the existing Quantity Surveyors play in ensuring that our Project Delivery Teams maintain the integrity of the electric and gas network.

Electricity Transmission, Junior Land Officer (Surveyor) - Land & Aquisitions within this area is responsible for maintaining and building relationships with National Grid’s grantors, landowners and other third parties to ensure National Grid Electricity and Gas can continue to operate, maintain and improve its networks across the UK.

Technical & Engineering

System Operator - This department is responsible for the long term strategy, planning and real time operation of the gas and electricity networks in England and Wales, ensuring we deliver the highest levels of the service for our customers and stakeholders.

What’s in it for you?

A year in industry is your opportunity to see if a career at National Grid is the right fit for you. So if you enjoy your experience and impress us with your abilities, you could start your final year with a place on the Graduate Development Programme – a fantastic opportunity to build a career with endless opportunities.

Rewards and Benefits

  • Starting salary of £16,500 per annum
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • A guaranteed place on the Graduate Development Programme opportunities at National Grid provided performance targets are met
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Opportunity to work across the UK (must be willing to work away from home)
  • 3 days development training
  • Support and fund EngTech for desired institutions
  • Buddy to support you during your placement
  • Ongoing feedback and support

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1 When does the 12 month Industrial Placement start?

    The Industrial Placement starts in at the end of June 2018 but this can be subject to change. Don’t worry though well keep you updated on this once you’ve been offered a place. 

  • 2 What are the qualification requirements for the roles?

    You’ll need in be in your penultimate year of university. 

    The requirements for all our programmes vary 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 usually require degrees relating to the relevant role. Details of the qualifications needed for each role are shown in the ‘What we’re looking for’ section on this website.

  • 3 If my degree doesn’t meet the scheme’s minimum criteria, should I apply for the role?

    We’re looking for students who meet the minimum criteria but we do have lots of different roles on offer so be sure to check the details of what’s required in the ‘What we’re looking for’ section on this website - we hope you’ll find something for you. 

  • 4 Can I apply for more than one placement?

    No, you can only apply for one role. However, once you’ve applied if we feel your qualifications match another role we may contact you to see if it’s of interest.


  • 5 I have an international degree. Can I still apply?

    Of course, as long as the qualification is equivalent to those required for the role you are very welcome to apply.

The application process

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.