Get a step ahead of the rest

Take command over your career with a year in industry at National Grid. Over 12 months, you'll have the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve been shaping at university in a cutting-edge work environment.

We’re looking for passionate, curious and driven individuals to help us drive our business forward over one eye-opening year. Over 12 months, you’ll develop personally, gain invaluable professional experience, and set the foundation for future success. With unrivalled training, on-the-job learning and a chance to land a place on our Graduate Programme, this could be the start of a remarkable career for the right individuals.


My future

Where will it take me?

On the 12-month industrial placement, you'll get to enjoy a rich experience. Different routes allow you to bring different qualities, but whatever department you join you'll be able to collaborate, with a hunger to make an impact on the world.

Whether you take an Engineering & Technical route, meaning that you play a pivotal role in keeping energy flowing around the UK. Or you go down the Non-Technical & Commercial route where you'll be able to satisfy the energy demands. From constructing new tunnels and installing cabling, to making sure the network is fit for purpose. Then there's the Business Support direction where although you're not directly involved with the transmission of energy your insight will direct our future - and your passion will ensure we're ready for anything.

What routes can I take?

Now you know what’s involved, discover what different routes you can follow on the Undergraduate Industrial Placement.

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Empowering National Grid in an increasingly fast-changing energy industry, by building and maintaining innovative, reliable and secure technology platforms. That’s the purpose of this global function.

Global Procurement

Global Procurement source £4.3 billion in goods and services each year to support our business. And, by doing that, they help us drive value, deliver innovation and improve our supply-chain performance. 

System Operator & Electricity System Operator

Be responsible for the long-term strategy, planning and real-time operation of our gas and electricity networks in England and Wales – and make sure we always deliver a first-class service. 

Electricity Transmission

Joining us, you’ll help build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders so we can continue to operate, maintain and improve our networks across the UK. 


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.

Capital Delivery

Junior Quantity Surveyor – joining us as a Junior Quantity Surveyor, you’ll play an important role in helping our Project Delivery teams maintain our electric and gas network by managing our resources.

What’s in it for you?

A year in industry is your opportunity to see if a career at National Grid is the right fit for you. If you enjoy your experience and impress us with your abilities, you could start your final year with a place on the Graduate Development Programme – a fantastic opportunity to build a career with endless opportunities.

Rewards and Benefits

  • Starting salary of £20,212 p.a.
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • A chance to land a place on our Graduate Development Programme depending on performance during the placement  
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Opportunity to work across the UK 
  • 3 days of development training, close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Support and fund EngTech for desired institutions

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When does the 12-month Industrial Placement start?

    Placements are scheduled to start yearly at the end of June, but this is subject to change. We’ll keep you updated regularly once you’ve been offered a place.

  • 2 What are the requirements for the roles?

    You’ll need to be in your penultimate year of university and acheiving a 2.2 or above. Requirements for specific roles can vary. Most of our Technical & Engineering roles require a STEM-subject degree.

  • 3 If my degree doesn’t meet the scheme’s minimum criteria, should I apply for the role?

    We’re looking for students who meet the minimum criteria but we do have lots of different roles on offer so be sure to check the details of what’s required in the ‘What we’re looking for’ section on this website - we hope you’ll find something for you.

  • 4 Can I apply for more than one placement?

    No, you can only apply for a 12 month Industrial Placement or a 12 week Summer Internship. However, if we feel that your skills and qualifications match another, we may contact you to see if you are interested.


  • 5 I have an international degree. Can I still apply?

    Of course! As long as the qualification is relevant for the role you’re very welcome to apply.

    However if you don't have the right permissions to work in the UK, we will be outlining on each role whether we are able to offer sponsorship or not.

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 being 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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