A career with purpose

Graduates are the future of National Grid. Bringing fresh thinking, new perspectives and enthusiasm to our team, we’ll give you real responsibility and an opportunity to make an impact from day one – putting the power to supercharge your career in your hands.

Our 18-month rotational programmes are made up of three, six-month placements, with the exception of the Finance programme, which is three years long and consists of three, 12-month placements, and the Graduate Year in Industry - Quantity Surveyor Programme. They’re a fantastic way to kick off your career: you’ll put the skills you’ve developed to good use and build on a whole host of new ones by completing comprehensive training modules in a supportive, welcoming environment.

Find out more when you meet the Grid Grads who told us all about their experiences so far, for National Graduate Week. Take a look at the list of Graduate programmes and the requirements needed before you apply.


Join as a Graduate and make a difference.

Be part of solving one of the greatest problems we've ever faced - climate change. When you're ready to start applying, discover the different programmes making a difference to the future of the energy system.

Can't find what you're looking for, sign up and provide a few details to receive updates from us and register your interest in our future Graduate 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 are we the right fit for you.

Finding the right Graduate Development Programme for you is no easy task. As someone who possess the perfect mix of a positive attitude, an innate willingness to learn and a hunger for success, one of our Programmes could be the one.

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. 

Each programme will have different entry requirements; you will need a minimum Bachelors degree at a 2.2 or above. 

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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 an insight in to how we work at National Grid, an understanding of what a career with us can offer, and receive some great rewards and benefits.

Rewards and Benefits

Graduates joining us will receive a starting salary of £29,254 (Bachelors) / £30,318 (Masters), and a £2000 joining bonus, plus:

  • 25 days holiday
  • £2,400 completion payment (received at the end of the 18-month programme)
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business
  • Cost of living allowance (Inner London, Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan areas)
  • Pensions and share-option scheme
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback
  • 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 when you move between placements
  • Assistance with moving personal belongings

Meet our Graduates

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    Zaryab Suddle

    Graduate, Zaryab Suddle, has always loved fixing things. Now he’s part of solving one of the greatest problems we’ve ever faced – climate change. But he loves a challenge and knows his job is making a difference to the future of the energy system.
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    Stephanie Brown

    Finance graduate Steph has thrown herself into tackling climate change and believes strongly in empowering future generations in the clean energy transition. She supports and encourages students to learn about green skills through her involvement in the Speaker for Schools programme and played a prominent role in our Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference, attended by over 4,000 people.
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    Sarah Woolham-Jaffier

    Graduate, Sarah Woolham-Jaffier, joined National Grid following her dissertation project with the system operator. That project made her realise how exciting National Grid is and how important our role is within the energy industry.

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do Graduate programme applications open and close?

    Applications for our programmes will open in late November. Based on our previous volume of responses many of our programmes are filled quickly. We advise all candidates to apply as early as possible to ensure they obtain the place that they want.


  • 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 & Engineering roles require a STEM degree, whereas Non-technical and Business Support roles usually require degrees relating to the role.


  • 3 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, we may contact you to see if you are interested.

  • 4 Here's a list of some more New Talent frequently asked questions.

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

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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