Higher Apprenticeship at National Grid

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)
Warwick Wokingham Solihull London
£24,000 - £25,999
13th February 2021
Role May Involve:
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Higher Apprenticeship

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.

What routes can you take?

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. You could be setting maintenance teams to work, commissioning new substation equipment, looking at asset policy, planning, prioritising and optimising construction and maintenance, providing technical support or be part of our 24/7 Control Room, working in shifts with other engineers to operate and facilitate safe access to the network. Whichever route you take in Electricity Transmission, it’ll be down to you to keep everything shipshape.

  • Substation Engineer: This opportunity is being advertised Nationally, please check locations when applying.
  • Asset Lifecycle: Warwick
  • Portfolio Planner: Warwick
  • Engineering Services: Warwick
  • Transmission Network Control Centre: Warwick

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.

  • Power Systems Engineer: Warwick

IT - Innovative, reliable and secure, our technology empowers National Grid in a fast-changing energy industry. The role that technology plays is wide-reaching and touches every working person every day. You will have access to many parts of National Grid, whether that is through starting projects and visioning the end product, resolving technology issues for customers or finding better ways to use technology for the benefit of our employees and customers.

  • Network Engineer Higher Apprenticeship – Wokingham
  • Data Analyst Higher Apprenticeship - Warwick

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

  • Specialist – Warwick or Solihull

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 Controls Higher Apprenticeship – Warwick
  • Project Delivery Higher Apprenticeship – London & South

What do you need?

As a National Grid, Higher or Degree Apprentice. Depending on which route you take, you will need to have a GCSE in English Language AND Math’s Grade C or above (or equivalent) with one of the following:

  • 2 A levels / A2: Grades A* - C (1 must be in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Computing)
  • BTEC National Certificate OR Diploma Level 3 in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Computing or Business Skills, IT, IT Systems and Development, IT (Software Development), IT (Business), ICT Systems and Principles, Computing (Software Engineering Stream) at Grade Merit or Distinction
  • ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Math’s modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • HNC/HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering, IT, Computing, IT Systems and Development, IT (Software Development), IT (Business), ICT Systems and Principles, Computing (Software Engineering Stream) at Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Maths, or Business Management, Engineering discipline.

What’s in it for me?

Earn a competitive salary, acquire a BEng in an engineering discipline, foundation degree or level 4 qualification and gain valuable practical experience. As a Higher or Degree Apprentice, you’ll receive all this – and be part of an organisation with ambitious, world-changing plans for the future, with you at the heart of them. Below are just some of the many benefits that come with being one of our apprentices.

Rewards and Benefits

  • A starting salary of £24,533(Higher)
  • 25 days’ annual leave plus statutory holidays
  • Full-board accommodation whilst at our academy
  • Pensions and share-option scheme
  • London-weighting allowance
  • Leisure facilities and events
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Flexible Benefits & Working

What will I be doing?

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.

You will all begin your knowledge based training that is required for the apprenticeship (this will be with an external vocational or academic provider) and will also begin gathering work-based evidence/completing projects to support your apprenticeship work logs/portfolios. You will also spend time working alongside managers and colleagues, developing a sound understanding of your business area.

Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to build your skills, spending time at our academy centres or Aston University (depending on the programme you choose) and learning on the job with the support of your manager.

Some of our programmes extend over a third or fourth year. You’ll spend most of your time on site, putting your training into practice and setting the foundation you need to go far.

About National Grid

In every moment, energy is rolling over hills, winding through valleys, travelling across the country, and finding its way to our fingertips, on demand – and it’s up to us to keep people connected.

Through our energy transmission network, we connect millions safely and reliably to the energy they need. It’s this purpose that drives us forward. Join us and, together, we’ll work to build a more sustainable, better-connected future.

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