If you want to start a career whilst furthering your education but can't choose between a practical or theoretical pathway, why not combine them?
On our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme, you'll do just that, with a blend 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.
Sounds like you? Scroll down to see if one of our programmes is something you are interested in. You'll need to have completed your GCSEs. If you don't see a programme or location of interest, there is an option to register your interest or look at our Higher Apprenticeship Programmes.
What will I be doing?
In your first year, you will be spending time at the National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, completing a mix of safety and basic technical training.
Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to build technical skills, spending time at our academy centre and learning on the job with the support of your manager, completing a work-log of practical on-site activities. 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 first post role and business area you are recruited into. In the final years you will spend approximately 75% to 90% of your time in the workplace developing the required knowledge, skills and experience to build your confidence and competence. This will prepare you for your apprenticeship end point assessment and your career with National Grid.
What routes can I take?
Now you know what’s involved, discover what different routes you can follow on the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.
Substations, Electricity Transmission
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.
Maintaining pipelines, compressors and gas turbines: it’s all in a day’s work for our Gas Transmission as they help ensure the safe, secure and reliable operation of our gas network.
Operations, 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.
Pipeline Maintenance Centre, Gas Transmission
Historically, our Gas has come from the UK continental shelf fields. But these resources are running our fast, we're looking at other supplies and sources, including importing international gas supplies. It's a new phase, making this an even more exciting time to join.
Finance drives our financial performance through sound business insights. Engaging with all areas of the National Grid business, they play a key role in helping us make sound decisions
Where will it take me?
An Advanced Apprenticeship is your first step to an exciting career with National Grid. After you have completed and passed your apprenticeship you will take up your position in your first post role. And, just because you’ve graduated your apprenticeship, doesn’t mean the learning will stop, you will have the opportunity to continue putting into practice your training, and working towards further technical certificates and qualifications.
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 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 £18,326
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
Substation 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
Frequently asked questions
1When do the apprenticeships start?
The apprenticeships start yearly in September.
2Can I apply for more than one Advanced Apprenticeship?
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.
3Who 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 before applying.
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.
How do I apply?
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 1Online 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 on 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 2Video 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.
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.