Advanced Apprenticeship at National Grid

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£24,000 - £25,999
13th February 2021
Role May Involve:
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Advanced Apprenticeship

By becoming a National Grid Advanced Apprentice, you’re taking on a role with great responsibility – impacting the lives of everybody in Great Britain. The programmes, run from our one-of-a-kind, world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, developing your skills through a mix of practical work and academic study.

This is perfect for those of you who can't choose between a practical or theoretical pathway, as it means you can combine them and sharpen the knowledge that’ll set you up to lead us into the future.

Sounds like you? Scroll down to see if one of our programmes is something you are interested in. You'll need to have completed or nearly completed your GCSEs.

What routes can you take?

Electricity Transmission - Circuit breakers, transformers, disconnectors, compressors and auxiliary systems: as part of our Substations team, you’ll be tasked with looking after our electricity substations and high-voltage electricity equipment, helping us keep the lights on nationwide.

Substation Craftsperson:

  • This opportunity is Nationwide and will be Peripatetic.

Overhead Lines Craftsperson:

  • Bushbury, West Midlands
  • Pentir, Wales
  • Staythorpe, Nottinghamshire
  • West Boldon, Tyne and Wear
  • Pelham, Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Northfleet, Kent

Gas Transmission - Maintaining pipelines, compressors and gas turbines: it’s all in a day’s work for our Gas Transmission as they help ensure the safe, secure and reliable operation of our gas network.

Gas Advanced Apprentice (Mechanical):

  • Kings Lynn, Norfolk
  • Bacton, Norfolk
  • Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  • Alrewas, Staffordshire
  • Felindre, Wales
  • Warrington, Cheshire
  • Avonbridge, Scotland
  • Aberdeen, Scotland

Liquefied Natural Gas - Based at our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Kent, you’ll learn how to carry out thorough on-site inspections and maintenance to make sure our LNG operations keep running safely and smoothly.

LNG Operations Apprentice:

  • Isle of Grain, Kent

What do you need?

The National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes are open to anyone who will be aged 17 on or before 1st September 2022. There is no upper age limit.

You must have or be predicted to gain 5 GCSE’s graded A-C / 4-9 or equivalent.

Two of which must be in Math’s and English Language along with 3 others, depending on the programme, from any of the following subject areas:

  • IT / Technical Drawing / Engineering / Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Science or any other Engineering subject / English Literature / Geography / History


  • An Engineering Diploma/Qualification i.e. BTEC (Grad Pass) along with GCSE Math’s and English Language graded A-C / 4-9 or equivalent.

What’s in it for you?

Skills for life, top qualifications and an opportunity to shape the future of energy. As a National Grid Apprentice, you’ll be part of an organisation that has ambitious, world-changing plans for the future – and you’ll be well rewarded for playing your part. From a Level 3 qualification worth approximately £20,000, to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.

Rewards and Benefits

  • Starting salary of £18,326
  • 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
  • £200 towards driving lessons
  • Access to leisure facilities
  • Full-board accommodation whilst at our academy
  • Sharesave options and pension scheme
  • Range of flexible benefits & Flexible Working
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Volunteering opportunities

What will you be doing?

In your first year, you will be spending time at the National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, completing a mix of safety and basic technical training.

Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to build technical skills, spending time at our academy centre and learning on the job with the support of your manager, completing a work-log of practical on-site activities. Depending on the apprenticeship you take, you will gain a City & Guilds Diploma, a BTEC or HND level qualification.

Our Advanced Apprenticeship schemes extend over a third or even fourth year depending on the first post role and business area you are recruited into. In the final years, you will spend approximately 75% to 90% of your time in the workplace developing the required knowledge, skills and experience to build your confidence and competence. This will prepare you for your apprenticeship end point assessment and your career with National Grid.

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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