To shape the future of energy

A National Grid Apprenticeship isn’t just about getting a job – it’s an opportunity to join a new generation of talent, charged with the destiny of shaping the future of energy. We’ll help you develop your skills through a combination of practical work and academic study, all the while providing you with the passion, skills and knowledge you need to power all our futures.

Applications for our Higher Apprenticeships, Training Programmes and Advanced Apprenticeships  typically open from late September.

What we’re looking for

At National Grid, all our employees share a set of key qualities. We look for people that are inspired by opportunity, driven to succeed and always on the search for new ways to develop. Whether you join us on the Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship Programme, this should sound like you.

To find the specific qualifications you'll need for each of our Programmes please review our Apprentice Requirements sheet here.

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 / Training 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 - so we're searching for people that make the most of any opportunity. 

Don't forget you can check the specific qualifications you'll need for each of our Programmes here.

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Our Training Centre

Eakring Training Centre

Our one-of-a-kind, world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, offers an unrivalled development experience.

Eakring Training Centre

With expert trainers, real overhead lines, a substation, a gas transmission station, 3D learning suite, classrooms and computer based training suites, you’ll experience practical training that will accelerate your understanding. And for those who join our new talent programmes, we have a team who are dedicated to managing your learning journey, providing support, and keeping you on track. You’ll be accommodated whilst on site as you develop the vital skills you’ll need to succeed as an apprentice at National Grid. 

You can see 360° footage of our Eakring training centre here.

Meet our Apprentices

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    The training has been 100% spot on, I couldn’t fault it in the slightest.

    Will Boswell
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    It doesn’t matter what you think you want to do, just give it a go.

    Samantha Webb
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    It’s fun – you meet a lot of people and every day you do something different.

    Gabriele Petrauskait
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    It becomes a home from home really. You should absolutely go for it!

    Valetin Poprscu
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    I can’t express how much I think this is a great opportunity.

    Ryan Bickle
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    Even if the career path isn’t for you there are various opportunities.

    Megan Holt

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do the Training Programmes start?

    Apprenticeships start yearly in September.

  • 2 Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

    Candidates with any level of qualification can apply as long as you meet the minimum requirements specified for the different programme levels. Ensure you check the Apprentice Qualification sheet in the 'What we're looking for' section above before applying.

  • 3 Where will I be studying for the Apprenticeship?

    You’ll have the opportunity to study at one of our cutting-edge training facilities, at a local Academy Centre or, for some of our Higher Apprenticeships, at Aston University, Birmingham. In addition, as you progress you will be given the opportunity to develop your experience by working in different areas and within different teams.

  • 4 Will I be paid?

    Of course! 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.

  • 5 Will I be offered a full time position at the end of the programme?

    Apprentices are offered a full time position on successful completion of their programme.

  • 6 Can I apply for more than one Apprenticeship Programme?

    You can only apply for one Higher Apprenticeship and one Advanced Apprenticeship Programme. If we feel your qualifications match another role we may contact you about it to see if it’s of interest to you.