National Grid Plc

Electricity Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship (Substations)


National Grid Plc

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Annual wage £17,940.00
37.0 hours per week 5 days per week. Days and times to be confirmed.
duration: 3 years
start: 21 September 2020
Advanced(level 3)
Power network craftsperson Level 3 (A level) (apprenticeship standard)
16 February 2020 (application closing date)
Delivering energy across the nation takes epic feats of engineering. At our world-class training centre, we'll show you how we do it. You’ll learn to carry out essential maintenance and repairs on our high voltage substation equipment; ultimately helping us keep the lights on across the UK.


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.

Throughout the programme, you'll gain experience adhering to safety practices and procedures and carrying out risk assessments. Shadowing an experienced Craftspersons, you'll use electrical/mechanical knowledge and skills to install, maintain and dismantle a wide variety of high voltage plant and apparatus including transformers, switchgear, cable terminations and other associated equipment.

What's in it for you

Earn while you learn through our award winning apprenticeship programme, rated as one of the best in the country by previous apprentices and rated as a grade one (outstanding) by Ofsted. 

You will complete the Power Network Craftsperson Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Programme. 

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 you'll get

You will receive a starting salary of £17,940 and you will work towards a level 3 qualification worth approximately £20,000. In addition, you will receive a London based allowance on top of your base pay dependent on the location of your offer, either £5,005 for inner London or £4,370 metropolitan allowance. 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 an 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 North East London area. 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. To respond to critical operations, you'll need to live within 45 minutes travel time of your area.

Future Prospects

Once you’ve completed your programme, you will have highly sought skills, credible qualifications and industry specific experience, you can then continue your long and fulfilling career in energy. As a Substation Craftsperson, you will work as part of a highly skilled team carrying out essential maintenance and repairs on our high voltage substation equipment. With the opportunity to travel all around the country, you will work at a variety of substations across the company's power network, ensuring that National Grid can meet its requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability. Working on safety critical activities, you'll adopt a disciplined and responsible approach to work, following instructions and complying with stringent safety rules, policies and procedures. You'll use all you have learned to apply electrical theories and principles, using electronic equipment to carry out diagnostic fault-finding.

Skills Required

We can’t deliver on our net zero commitment without a generation of people with the technical expertise and skills to revolutionise green technology. You’ll need to be safety conscious, eager to learn and capable of working to procedures.

Qualities Required

We’re excited to work with people who want to make a difference. Who share our drive and dedication to create cleaner energy solutions that will benefit everyone.

We’re looking for a diverse range of talents. We need the best of British ingenuity to help us address the climate challenge. We need people with creativity, energy, enthusiasm and skills from across every community to help us to do the job that can’t wait.

Join us and we’ll help you to realise your potential.

Qualifications Required

In order to apply for this role, you'll need, or be predicted to gain, a Grade C or above/4-9 GCSE (or equivalents) in English Language and maths. In addition to the GCSE requirements, you'll also need to have one of the following sets of qualifications:

3 other GCSE's (or equivalent) - in IT, Technical Drawing, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science, English Literature, Geography or History (Grade C or above) 


Engineering diploma/qualification i.e. BTEC (Pass or above) 

Due to the nature of the role, you'll also need to hold a valid full UK car driving license, or be willing to learn to drive and agree to secure a valid full UK car driving license within 12 months after joining the programme or as soon as possible after your 17th birthday.

Training Provided

The programme lasts 36 months and features a blended learning approach including gaining a Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering - (City & Guilds). 

Year 1 - The majority of the year will be spent at our training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire. Here you will begin your structured training covering both technical and academic training. 

Year 2 - In year 2 your time will be split between Eakring and at Substation sites. You will be allocated a mentor but will also be supported by the teams you are working with. You will start to put some of the training you have learned into practice through shadowing experienced engineers. 

Year 3 - During your final year you will be spending most of your time at various substations to ensure that you are getting a wide variety of experiences to fulfil your logbook. 

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