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 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. 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.

Applications typically open in September.

To find the specific requirements that you'll need for each of our programmes, please review our Graduate Requirements Sheet

Our Graduate Programmes_

What we’re looking for

Finding the right people to join the Graduate Development Programme is no easy task. We need candidates who possess the perfect mix of a positive attitude, an innate willingness to learn and a hunger for success.

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. 

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 £28,105 (Bachelors) / £29,127 (Masters), and a £2000 joining bonus, plus:

  • 25 days holiday
  • £2400 completion payment
  • 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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    Alex Dean

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Calum Scott

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Joshua Bates

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Loren Cowling

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Michael Jennison

    Graduate at National Grid 2016
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    Navdeep Kahlon

    Graduate at National Grid 2016

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do Graduate programme applications open and close?

    Applications for our programmes will open at a similar time each year in September. Based on our previous volume of responses many of our programmes are filled by the end of October. 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 still apply if I have applied to National Grid before?

    Of course! You’re welcome to apply again, and we appreciate you wanting to be part of our team.

  • 4 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.

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

    Your application should take around one hour to complete, but you can save it and return to it later.

  • Stage 2 Online Ability Tests

    The next step is to complete our timed ability tests and a personality questionnaire.These have been designed to help us to get to know you and where you might fit in here a little better.

  • Stage 3 Telephone Interview

    If you’ve impressed us, you’ll be invited for a telephone interview. We’ll find out more about you, see what you know about the energy industry, and ask some competency 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

    We’ll make a decision as quickly as possible. If you’re successful, we’ll send you an offer letter confirming everything. If you’re unsuccessful, we will be able to provide feedback on your performance to help with your development.