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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at National Grid

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3rd December 2021

Employer description

National Grid, run and operate the UK’s energy system, delivering power to every corner of the country. This means we play a significant role in helping to solve the challenges facing our climate. It’s why we’re acting today to help build a cleaner, greener Britain. 

We’re investing in transformative engineering and cutting-edge technology to help the country hit its net zero carbon target by 2050.  But to achieve this goal we need the right people.

We need people with passion and potential to help us win the race to halt climate change. We Need You!

Join as an apprentice and shape the future of energy.

For us, it is the job that can’t wait. 

Main description

There’s a lot you can learn by going to university, but it doesn't need to be full-time. If you know what career direction you want to take, why not start a career whilst also studying at university or college, debt-free, and getting experience under your belt. 

A Higher or Degree Apprenticeship Programme with National Grid is the perfect way to get your career off to a flying start. Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll have the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice while building your skills and working towards certificates and qualifications. Whatever role you choose, the opportunities really are endless

As a Higher or Degree Apprentice, you’ll earn a competitive salary, acquire a BEng in an engineering discipline, foundation degree or level 4 qualification and gain valuable practical experience and be part of an organisation with ambitious, world-changing plans for the future, with you at the heart of them.

Entry requirements

If you’ve completed, or nearly completed, your A-levels/BTEC Level 3 or HNC/HND for example, one of Higher or Degree Apprenticeship Programmes could be the option for you. Through a combination of formal studying and learning how to put what you’ve learnt into practice; you can set your career on the right track. 

In the first year of your Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, you will spend time at either the National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, National Grid House, Warwick or St Catherines Lodge, Wokingham completing a variety of training at these sites or via online learning.  Depending on your apprenticeship, you’ll then either spend time at a local academy centre or two-week blocks at Aston University in Birmingham.  Full board is provided.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships available

Project Controls, Capital Delivery

Planning schedules, managing costs and solving problems: it’s all in a day’s work for our Project Controls team. Every project we execute needs a safe set of hands guiding it from start to finish: as part of this team, you’ll be those hands.

Project Planner, Electricity Transmission

Planning, prioritising and optimising the construction and maintenance of electricity transmission systems. It’s a vital role, and in the Planning team, that’s what you’ll be doing.

Transmission Network Control Centre (TNCC), Electricity Transmission

In the TNCC you will be at the heart of real-time control of the high voltage electricity transmission system in England and Wales. You could be part of our 24/7 Control Room. Or you could be part of our 'day office' team. Most importantly, you will be right on the front line of the electricity industry.

Gas Transmission 

Join us in tackling the climate change challenge by changing the industry from within. You'll join a 4 and a half year development programme where you'll study towards a BEng in an engineering discipline. Read the Aston University programme prospectus here.

Substation, Electricity Transmission

The National Transmission System is monitored and protected by an integrated control system, and you’ll be a specialist in looking after it. Setting maintenance teams to work, commissioning new substation equipment: it’ll be down to you to keep everything shipshape.

Asset Lifecycle, Electricity Transmission

Looking at asset policy, technical specifications and type registration, asset health and technical strategy as well as helping to develop technical solutions to asset replacement and generator connection challenges.

Engineering Services, Electricity Transmission

Providing technical support to Electricity Transmission Operations during maintenance activities, investigating equipment failures, or determining risk mitigation strategies; Transmission Engineers understand the fundamentals of the electricity transmission system, apply them to a wide range of complex equipment types, and have the desire to solve problems.

Power Systems, Electricity System Operator

Keeping things running smoothly, 24/7. It’s an essential task and, as part of our Power System Operations team, it’s what you’ll be doing. Planning and managing the live operation of the UK’s electricity transmission network, you’ll be at the backbone of keeping people connected to energy.


Innovative, reliable and secure, our technology empowers National Grid in a fast-changing energy industry. Our Network team are responsible for the operation and overall availability of our network technology which is used to manage and control gas and electricity flows across England and Wales.  This apprenticeship gives you the chance to learn how IT helps to keep the lights on and the gas flowing, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Are you good with data? Looking for an apprenticeship that provides an opportunity to work with some of the leading technology in data management? Our IT team provide data analysis for the supporting systems that help our business manage gas and electricity flows across England and Wales.

Cyber Security, IT

With the advance of technology, the world we live in is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected – which means that cyber security is more important than ever. Working as part of our dedicated Security team, you’ll play a crucial role in helping us manage cyber risk in the UK and US. There aren’t many roles with the scope and importance of this.

Global Procurement 

National Grid sources £4.3 billion in goods and services each year. Global Procurement makes sure we have access to the assets we need to deliver innovation and drive performance – all at unbeatable value for money.

Gas Transmission Delivery, Capital Delivery

You'll be working towards the role of Project Assurance Controller, where you'll be based on construction sites throughout the country where you will ensure that projects are delivered in accordance with the Technical and Contractual requirements while promoting and monitoring safety, reliability and efficiency on site.

Pipeline Maintenance Centre, Gas Transmission

Historically, our gas has come from the UK continental shelf fields. But with these resources running out fast, we're looking at other supplies and sources, including importing international gas supplies. It's a new phase, making this an even more exciting time to join. 

Qualifications Achieved

  • Transmission Network Control Centre, Electricity Network Management & Power System Engineer – Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering (Power Systems Management)
  • Substations – Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering (Transmission)
  • Cyber Security – Level 4 Cyber Security Risk Analyst (Level 4 diploma in IS Security Professional Competence)
  • Project Controls – Level 4 Associate Project Manager (Level 4 APM Diploma in Project Management)
  • Construction Procurement – Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • Trainee Network Analyst, Trainee Operations Engineer, Gas Transmission Delivery & Pipeline Maintenance Centre - Gas Transmission Foundation Degree

How to apply

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 on 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


Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 27/02/2022


Highly Competitive


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