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Trainee Power System Engineer Higher Apprenticeship, Electricity System Operator

National Grid
National Grid
  • Salary: £24,017
  • Deadline: CLOSED
  • Length of Programme: 1 Year
  • Entry Requirements: A Levels or equivalent , -
  • Qualification Gained: N/A
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    • Wokingham

Trainee Power System Engineer Higher Apprenticeship, Electricity System Operator

Role requirements

You must have, or be predicted to gain, a Grade C or above/4-9 or equivalent GCSE in English Language.

In addition to the above you must also have one of the following:

  • 2 A-Levels - 1 must be in either Maths or Physics (Grade C or above)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • ONC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • HNC/HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering (Pass, Merit or Distinction)
  • Degree in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering
  • To apply for this role, you must hold a valid full UK car driving licence.
  • This role requires full colour vision.

About the role

If you’re a technical ‘problem-solver’ looking to build a career in engineering, then this programme – which includes a Foundation Degree – will help develop your skills through a mix of practical work and academic study.

This team is focused around the Electricity National Control Centre in Berkshire. It is responsible for operating Great Britain’s electricity transmission network – planning and managing its live operation – they keep things running smoothly 24/7, 365 days a year.

On finishing the two-year Higher Apprentice Programme, you will take up a post that will lead to a role in the System Operations team based in Berkshire

What you'll do

You will be using your newly acquired power systems knowledge in a variety of roles which support the 24/7, 365 days a year, operation of the Electricity Power Network. You will be required to work as part of a team, liaising with internal departments and external stakeholders, such as Distribution Network Operators and Generators

What's in it for you

  • An ‘earn while you learn’ alternative to securing that degree at University; or if you already have that degree, a chance to specialise
  • Blend of formal study at University and further training at our Nottinghamshire centre combined with practical application and experience at your local site or office facility
  • A permanent position when you satisfactorily complete the whole development programme.
  • This is the beginning of an exciting career in an ever change energy climate. Our role as the Electricity System Operator will give you a real insight into how we keep the country running!
  • This is primarily an office based role working on the electricity side of the Business.

What you'll get

You will receive a starting salary of £24,017 and you will work towards a level 4 qualification or a foundation degree depending on the programme. You will also have access to a number of additional benefits such as 25 days’ holiday, full board accommodation whilst away at our training academy and all travel expenses paid for when you’re not at your base location.

Who we are

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce which represents the communities we serve and a working environment in which each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.

Role location


You must be willing to relocate your primary residence to within a 45-minute journey time to the location of the role. Details about when this must be done and whether relocation assistance will be provided will be confirmed at Assessment Centre stage. You will also be required to spend a large proportion of your time at our Training Academy inEakringand/or at the relevant educational institution.

Closing date

The closing date for this vacancy is Sunday 16th February, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid's recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

Further Information

If you consider yourself to have a disability, long term health condition and/or require any reasonable adjustments to complete any part of our application process, please make us aware as soon as possible so we can make the relevant adjustments.

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Email: ApprenticeCareers@nationalgrid.com

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