National Grid’s job is to connect people to the energy they use, safely. We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society—delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future.
National Grid holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system. We join everything up. We own and manage the grids that connect the energy sources to the people that use it. We’re the largest utility in the UK, running systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country, connecting people to the energy they use. In the North East US, we provide power directly to millions of customers.
We all rely on having energy at our finger tips: our society is built on it. From the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going, to the mobile communications and other technologies that are essential parts of our modern lifestyle.
We’re investing around £30billion over the next 8 years to develop and renew the UK’s energy infrastructure, leading the way on renewable energy. There’s never been a more interesting and exciting time to join National Grid.
National Grid’s Graduate Development Programme was awarded Power Team of the Year 2012 for the best bespoke performance management system The National Skills Academy for Power and AGR Awards – Graduate Development award and The Blue Ribbon Award for best overall entry in the awards 2013
The Graduate Development Programme offers a fantastic insight into a number of career paths within National Grid that are crucial to its future success. These are Technical Engineer, Commercial, Finance, Information Services and Procurement. The 18 month programme (3 years for Finance) have been designed to accelerate development by offering key experiences and knowledge in the relevant career paths, ensuring individuals are ready and prepared for the demanding role at the end of the programme.
The training is a blend of technical specialism combined with business and commercial insight and fast enhancement of behavioural, personal and managerial capabilities. Typically the sort of training you would only experience after a few years with an organisation. National Grid believes that by investing in you now it will provide greater returns in the future.
Internships & Placements
Typically, National Grid offers a 12 month placement to students who are in their penultimate year of their degree and are taking a year out to work in industry as part of a sandwich course. They can offer placements in the following areas:
- Technical Engineer
- Information Services
For individuals on-line to receive a 2.2 or above in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Maths, Chemistry, Chemical, Physics, Biology or a 2.1 or above in Geography, English, History, Business, Management, Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB), Business and Computing, Business and Engineering. Finance – will take all degree disciplines, 2.2 or above in technical degree disciplines and 2.1 or above in commercial degree disciplines.
Although you'll usually be based in just one department, the placement aims to give you a broad understanding of the whole business.
Wherever you're working, you'll be part of a team, being mentored and supervised while you get to grips with real and meaningful assignments. On top of this, National Grid provides training too, including a two-day development workshop and opportunities to network with colleagues across the business.Interns
This 12-14 week placement, during the summer of your penultimate year at university, is for electrical, civil, control and instrumentation, engineering control systems and instrumentation, maths, business, management, information technology management for business (ITMB), business and computing or business and engineering students.
The placement could be anywhere in the UK, so you must be willing to work away from home. Before you start, National Grid will work with you to plan an individual development experience and provide ongoing feedback and support throughout. All they ask is that you fully commit to the programme and work hard to deliver outstanding performance.
If you deliver outstanding performance on your project, you will be offered an opportunity on their Graduate Development Programme. You will receive a salary based on £15,600 (pro rata). To be considered, you'll need to be on track for achieving a 2:2 or above in technical degree disciplines and a 2.1 or above in commercial degree disciplines.
National Grid has 70 vacancies across their six apprenticeship programmes
- Over Head Lines
- Electrical and Instrumentation
- Pressure, Control and Storage
- Emergency Response
Entrance requirements are 5 GCSE grade A* to C or equivalent qualifications
Starting salary is £14,900 p.a. rising to £23,715 on successful completion
School Leaver Programmes
National Grid’s School Leaver programme is called the Engineer Training Programme
Entrance levels are two A Levels / A2: Grades A* - C (one must be in either Maths, Physics or Engineering)
Starting salary is £23,500 rising to £31,150 after successful completion.
Role - Power System Operations, Wokingham
Salary & Benefits
Advanced Apprenticeship: Start on £14,900 per annum, but this rises to £23,715 on successful completion of the programme.
Engineering Training Programme: Start on £23,500, but this rises to £31,150 on successful completion of the programme.
Undergraduates: £15,600 per annum (pro-rata)
Graduates: £25,600 Bachelors, £26,600 Masters, plus a £2,000 welcome payment.
National Grid’s apprentices are males and females from a range of backgrounds, including school leavers, technical colleges, other apprenticeships (technical and non-technical) and related trades.
To be considered, you will need either:
Five GCSEs (Grade A* - C), including mathematics and English language; plus one from the following technical subject areas: I.T., technical drawing, engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, science or any other engineering subject.
You will also need two additional GCSEs in I.T., technical drawing, engineering (or any other engineering subject), science, English literature, geography, history or business studies.
An Engineering Diploma - Higher Level (Grade A - C) and GCSEs in mathematics and English language (Grade A - C).Engineering Training Programme
To join the Engineer Training Programme you will need one of the following qualifications:
Two A-Levels / A2: Grades A* - C (one must be in either mathematics, physics or engineering);
BTEC National Certificate Level Three / Diploma / ONC in electrical and electronic engineering: Merit or above (it’s essential that the mathematics modules should be at Merit or above)
HNC/HND in electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry or any engineering discipline.Students (undergraduates)
For all of their student programmes, National Grid looks for undergraduates who have strong behavioural skills. Consequently, they look out for individuals who demonstrate the following attributes:
- A team player, as you'll be working with a variety of different people from different backgrounds at all levels across the organisation.
- Effective planning: From the day you start your placement, you'll need to balance your own workload with the time you have available.
- Enthusiasm, so you’re motivated to achieve everything you want to during your time with us.
- Time management, so you can manage your day-to-day activities and prioritise your tasks accordingly.
- Business awareness: Some research into the energy industry will help you understand the role that National Grid plays.
The degree disciplines they ask for each of the student programmes vary depending on the focus of the programme:
Interns: Electrical, Civil, Control and Instrumentation, Engineering Control Systems & Instrumentation, Maths, Business, Management, Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB), Business & Computing, Business & Engineering, Mechanical, electrical, civil or chemical engineering.
Industrial Placements: Electrical, electronic, mechanical, aeronautical, civil, chemical, environmental and marine engineering; sustainable energy; physics; business studies; management; economics; applied mathematics; statistics; geography; finance; law; information studies; or computer science.
How To Apply
Visit www.nationalgridcareers.com to apply to any of their engineer training or apprenticeship programmes.