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Electricity Engineering Higher Apprenticeship (Substations)

Port Solent
National Grid

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Why choose us

The effects of climate change impact our lives every day – from the air we breathe, to the food we eat and the world we live in. At National Grid, we run and operate the UK’s energy system, delivering power to every corner of the country. This means we play a central 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. For us, it is the job that can’t wait.

About the programme

Delivering energy across the nation takes epic feats of engineering. At our world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, we’ll show you how we do it. Here, you’ll receive with expert instruction, hands-on live work, 3D study suites and more. The programme lasts 36 months and features a blended learning approach including on job experiences - structured for you by your team leader and mentor, specialised technical and professional training at our award-winning training academy, and a Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electricity Transmission) with Aston University

Year 1Most of your time will be spent between our own training Academy in Eakring and Aston University. You will also have some time on your local sites to begin shadowing some of our experienced craftsperson and engineers.

Year 2You will continue to complete your Foundation Degree and start to spend more time at Substation sites. We will support you in building your knowledge and experience of the assets and how we plan the operations we undertake.

Year 3Your focus will be on building on the knowledge and experience you have gained to work towards achieving authorisations that you will require to undertake your role.

Throughout the programme, you will be working with other engineers installing, conducting tests and commissioning protection systems. You will be responsible for testing and commissioning on electrical power projects and ensure the work is conducted safely and reliably, meeting quality, time and budget requirements.

What's in it for you

You’ll learn whilst you earn through our award-winning higher apprenticeship programme, rated as one of the best in the country by previous apprentices and rated as a grade one (outstanding) by Ofsted.

You’ll gain a foundation degree, and once you’ve completed the programme, you will be able to register as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) with the Institution of Engineering & Technology!

What will the programme lead to?

You will be working towards a site-based engineering role within Electricity Transmission. The National Transmission System – which keeps our network running – is monitored and protected by an integrated control system, and you will train to become a specialist in looking after it. You’ll be ensuring that National Grid can meet its requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability so there is a requirement for a disciplined and responsible approach to work, following instructions and complying with stringent safety rules, policies and procedures as this role exists within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities. And don’t forget, you will need a head for heights as well as a good level of physical fitness. You’ll enjoy working outside but will be prepared for all weather conditions.

What you'll get

You will receive a starting salary of £24,017 and you will work towards a foundation degree. You will also have access to a number of additional benefits such as 25 days’ holiday, an excellent pension scheme and a number of flexible benefits such as a salary sacrifice car scheme. You’ll also benefit from full board accommodation whilst away at our training academy, which includes your accommodation, 3 meals per day, safety clothing and equipment, and travel expenses. Not to mention the earning potential once you’ve finished programme as well as a thoroughly rewarding career.

Our values

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.


This role will require you to work peripatetically, which means that you will be working within a team with no base location and will be required to travel across multiple sites within the Solentarea. You may cover a large geographical area, as you will be working as part of a team that is responsible for a number of key sites within this area. On completion of your apprenticeship you’ll be required to travel to these sites regularly.

Role requirements

To be able to apply for this role, you’ll need to have, or be predicted to gain, a Grade C or above/4-9 GCSE in English Language.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, you will also need to have one of the following sets of qualifications:

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

You will also need to hold a valid full UK car driving licence, or be willing to learn to drive and agree to secure a valid full UK car driving licence within 12 months after joining the programme or as soon as possible after your 17th birthday.

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 canand 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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