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.

Read our 7 reasons to choose an apprenticeship guide to find out why choosing an apprenticeship with us could put you on the fast track to a career with purpose and makes you part of our mission to tackle climate change.

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Join as an apprentice and shape the future of energy.

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation, and one way we're tackling this is by inspiring others to support the journey to net-zero.

Apprenticeships are a step in the right direction, allowing you to earn and learn, and to join a new generation of talent shaping the future of energy.

Your apprenticeship questions answered

Interested in an apprenticeship and want your questions answered? One of our Advanced Apprentices, Alyssa Blackledge met with Sally-Ann Dudley, Head of UK Learning, to talk all things programme based. Alyssa put your questions forward, watch the video to find out the answers to those frequently asked questions.

Register your interest

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Whether you’re at school, an undergraduate or graduate, looking for a career change or for your next move in the energy sector, we would like to keep you informed about our New Talent Programmes.

When our programmes are closed you'll be able to register your interest and we will make sure you receive the relevant information.

However, you can create a profile before you start making your application.

By providing a few details you can be among the first to hear about which programmes are available and when they are open for application.

Register your interest now for our future Apprenticeship programme opportunities.

Is National Grid right for you?

We're passionate about providing a work environment where everyone feels welcome and confident to bring their whole self to work. So if you're inspired by opportunity, driven to succeed and always on the search for new ways to develop, find out if we are the right fit for you.

Advanced Apprenticeship Programme

Being ambitious and eager with a ‘can do’ approach to everything are just a few attributes that an Advanced Apprentice has. You'll be playing a significant role as part of a larger team, where 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. 

Which Apprenticeship is right for you?

Whichever one of National Grid's apprenticeship routes you decide to take, you'll be choosing to start your career with us. You'll be splitting your week between your place of work and your place of study.

We will cover your course fees, worth approximately £20,000, and you'll earn a salary. At the end of each apprenticeship, you will complete an assessment, which tests both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training.

So, if you can manage your time between work and study and want to get a head start in your career, whilst knowing that you won't have the debt at the end of it, explore the different types of apprenticeships we offer.

Have a look at our Apprentice Requirements Sheet

Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes

Also referred to as Level 3 apprenticeships, and considered to be equal to two A level passes, and typically last 3-4 years.

They're also open to people who may have already achieved a Level 3 qualification, including A levels, that want to develop work-based skills and experience in a particular job and industry.

Higher Apprenticeship Programmes

Allow you to gain a Level 4 qualification or above, such as an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Our programmes typically last 2-3 years, involving part-time study at both college or university and our world-class training centre in Eakring.

Degree Apprenticeship Programmes 

This one is a new one for us this year, where you have the opportunity to achieve a Bachelors Degree.

Again you will combine working with studying part-time and will typically take up to four-and-a-half years.

Our Apprentice Programmes_

What’s in it for you?

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 Level 3 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 £18,674 (Advanced Apprentice) and £24,999 (Higher Apprentice)
  • 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 & flexible working
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Volunteering opportunities

Qualifications Achieved

  • Substation or Overhead Line Craftsperson, Electricity Transmission & Operations Apprentice, LNG – Level 3 Power Network Craftperson Apprenticeship & a technical qualification in City & Guilds 2339-45 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering - Distribution and Transmisson
  • Mechanical Technician, Gas Transmission – BTEC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Level 3 & HNC Mechanical Engineering

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 pProgrammes, 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do the Training Programmes start?

    Training/Apprenticeships Programmes 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?

    Yes. However, we encourage you to only apply to the roles that you are really suited to and could see yourself enjoying.

    You may also need to complete additional online assessments if applying for more than one role particularly if the roles vary considerably.

How do I apply?

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To make sure you end up in the best possible role, we’ve created a recruitment process with you in mind. You’ll have the chance to demonstrate your skills, natural talents and personality, so we can get to know you a little better – and work out where you would best fit here.

Here’s how to apply

  • Stage 1 Online Application

    Complete the online application form. Your application should take around one hour to complete, but you can save it and return to it later. You can only apply for one programme in your application.

    All you will need is details about yourself, including your educational history, course title and qualification, some knowledge about National Grid and the role you're applying for.

  • Stage 2 Video Interview

    The video interview will consist of a series of questions. You will be asked competency-based questions that look at different elements of your personality and workstyle.

    You'll be able to record and complete your interview anytime and anywhere.

    Consider a space where there's likely to be fewer distractions and in an environment that you feel comfortable in.

    Read Hire Vue’s Video Interview Tips

  • Stage 3 Game-Based Assessments

    Complete a series of short online games that look at different elements of your cognitive, emotional, and social traits.

    You will need access to a device that can connect online and be used in a quiet space.

    Technical difficulties? Visit Hire Vue’s Candidate Support Centre

  • Stage 4 Assessment Centre

    You will be invited to attend one of our assessment centres, where you'll experience a number of exciting activities.

    We will provide more details about the assessment centre closer to the time. We have prepared to hold these either virtually or in person, this will be dependent on current government guidelines at the time.

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