What does your organisation do?

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.

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow.

In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.

What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you recruit?

  • Gas Transmission

  • Electricity Transmission

We also recruit for a broader range of engineering and technology disciplines – the full list of our current vacancies is available on our National Grid Careers website.

What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you have apprenticeship opportunities?

  • Engineering manufacture (craft and technician) apprenticeships - Advanced (Level 3)

  • Power engineering apprenticeships - Higher (Level 4 & 5)

Gas Transmission

Advanced & Higher Apprenticeships:

  • Mechanical Technician, Gas Transmission (Advanced Apprenticeship) – 10 vacancies (including East, West & Scotland regions)
  • Mechanical Technician, Gas Transmission, St Fergus (Advanced Apprenticeship) – 1 vacancy (COMAH site)
  • Mechanical Technician, Gas Transmission, Bacton (Advanced Apprenticeship) – 1 vacancy (COMAH site)
  • Pipeline Maintenance Centre, Gas Transmission (Higher Apprenticeship Training Programme) – 3 vacancies (various locations)

Direct Entry:

  • In Line Inspection (ILI) Supervisor, Pipeline Maintenance Centre, Gas Transmission – 1 vacancy (Ambergate, Derbyshire) 
  • SHE Specialist, Service Delivery, Gas Transmission – 2 vacancies (West & Scotland regions)

Electricity Transmission

Advanced & Higher Apprenticeships:

  • Substation Craftsperson, Electricity Transmission (Advanced Apprenticeship) – 5 vacancies (various locations)
  • Substation Craftsperson, Electricity Transmission, London (Advanced Apprenticeship) – 5 vacancies
  • Substation Engineer, Electricity Transmission (Higher Apprenticeship) – 8 vacancies (various locations)
  • Substation Engineer, Electricity Transmission, London (Higher Apprenticeship) – 2 vacancies

Start date for all Apprenticeships is September 2019.

Direct entry appointments will start at the earliest opportunity.

What do you do / offer to support returners back to work, to enable highly qualified and experienced candidates to re-start their career?

We recognise that people take career breaks for a number of different reasons and that it can sometimes be challenging when looking to return to the workplace. We welcome applications from returners back to work and to help support with the transition we offer a range of flexible working arrangements as well as training and development programmes. We also have a series of Employee Resource Groups, including:

  • Enabling - our disability network, which also supports carers
  • Women in National Grid (WiNG) – our gender network
  • NewNet – our new starter network
  • ONE - our multicultural network, including Faith@work
  • Pride - our LGBT+ network

How do you create an inclusive workforce?

Our ambition is to operate and develop our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve – creating an environment where each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.

Diversity encourages new ideas and fresh perspectives; it stimulates engagement and helps attract top talent. That’s why we’re striving to break down barriers to recruitment development, progression and retention.

From our employee resource groups that do everything from attracting minority candidates to acting as mentors internally, to our culture of celebrating talent and achievement, you’ll be given every opportunity to reach your potential here, regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability or background.

We’ve been recognised as one of the top 100 UK Employers for Race listed by Business in the Community, we are a top 50 UK Employer for Social Mobility and a Disability Confident organisation. We also work closely with external partners to such as Women’s Engineering Society, Stonewall and Business Disability Forum to ensure we seek and share external best practice. Creating a culture of inclusivity, acceptance and celebration is an ongoing mission, and one we’re always working on.

Top 5 tips for applying for a role at National Grid

For all applications:

  1. Make sure you demonstrate your passion for the role you are applying for.

For Apprenticeship applications:

  1. Think of examples not just from your studies but things you do outside of academia, including voluntary work, sports and societies and any part time jobs.

  2. Don’t be put off if you have not gained any industry experience, this is hard to get and very competitive and we don’t expect you to know everything already.

  3. Complete the online tests in a quiet environment where you cannot get interrupted and take part in practise tests before completing the real ones so you know what to expect.

  4. Think of examples of the competencies you receive if you are invited to take part in a telephone interview or assessment centre so you can demonstrate how you meet these. Also research the STAR Technique for answering questions as this is the most effective way of structuring responses.

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Role Models

Name: Samantha Webb
Job Title: Overhead Linesman
Engineering Discipline:  Apprentice

As someone who loves the outdoors and keeping active, overhead lines is a great place for me to work. The job is really varied in terms of daily tasks and location, which I love. Working as part of a team has been great; allowing me to continue building my skills and develop my career.

I don’t think many people outside National Grid know about my job, even though it involves working with the visible part of how we bring energy to life. I would love for more women to consider this role, as I have got so much from it and women have so much to bring to it. The apprenticeship is a fantastic way into a skilled, active and varied role.

The job can be physically demanding, but one of the things I really enjoy is problem solving to find a better way to do things that might seem difficult at first.

Name: Senamiso Mathobela
Job Title: Power System Control Engineer, Electricity Transmission Asset Management
Engineering Discipline:  Electricity

I am really proud to be the first fully authorised female Power System Control Engineer (CE) in our Transmission Network Control Centre (TNCC). I have always wanted to be an engineer. My inspiration came from my best friend’s dad who worked at a power station. He would talk about how he was making a difference and keeping the lights on. I joined National Grid in 2009 as an Assistant Transmission Dispatch Engineer, working at the Electricity National Control Centre. When the TNCC was created, I took the opportunity to join.

To become fully qualified and authorised to work at the TNCC, I had eight months of training – technical classroom-based sessions as well as sessions on the transmission simulator.

Being a Power System Control Engineer, I feel that I make a difference to the lives of so many people, who depend on the availability of electricity for everyday activities. Electricity is taken for granted when it’s available, but its absence has a significant impact on everyone. I am so proud to be part of the team that ‘keeps the lights on’.