Career Routes

Investing in the future

Our student and graduate development programmes all offer first-class training and the chance to work on projects that affect millions of people.

School leavers can get ahead and earn as they learn by joining one of our award-winning apprenticeships or trainee programmes.

Whichever route you choose, we can open the door to a long-term career that adds value to the customers and communities we serve.



We’re not just talking about attracting new recruits. We’re making sure their training is the best and that they stay with us

Without investment, Britain’s reputation as an engineering centre of excellence will wither on the vine. That’s why National Grid is continuously upgrading its unique Learning and Development Centre in Eakring, near Nottingham.

In 2012, we unveiled a new £4-million High Voltage Technologies Facility to give our apprentices specialist training in substation technology. And in the last year we’ve added Europe’s first high pressure above ground installation – you’ll find these at the start and end of cross-country gas pipelines to ensure regulation – at a cost of £6 million.

In total, we’ve invested £20 million to ensure that the apprentices and graduates we take on each year are trained to the very highest standards. The centre is home to vertigo-inducing overhead lines, mock-ups of tower tops, a gas-insulated switchgear to control and isolate electrical equipment, and virtual reality suites.



If the job retention statistics are anything to go by, then National Grid’s future looks secure. Now the industry has to follow suit

By the end of our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme, participants will be a skilled and qualified craftsperson, setting out on an interesting and rewarding career.

Nearly nine out of ten National Grid apprentices are still with us at least five years after graduating and around one in five will have seen their salary rise by one level.

The Programme takes up to three years to complete. Half of the learning is done on the job, the other half in formal study and training. Apprentices are given free accommodation throughout their study; are paid a salary and collect a big increase once they qualify.

We’re proud that our Apprenticeship Programme has been given a Beacon award, in recognition of its excellence and innovation in further education training.



Our Student programmes all offer first class training and the chance to work on projects that affect millions of people

We offer placements to students on a sandwich course, giving them the opportunity to develop hands-on experience in a large organisation. Although usually based in one department, the placements give students a broad understanding of our whole business.

We also offer paid 12 to 14 week internships for mechanical, electrical, civil or chemical engineering students who want a career in leadership and management. Students who deliver an outstanding performance on their project are guaranteed a place in an early assessment centre for our Graduate Development Programme.

Our Power Academy is open to BEng or MEng students at one of our partner universtities. It offers a bursary, book and software allowance and contribution to university fees, as well as an eight-week summer placement.

Together with Aston University, we have created our Engineer Training Programme – the ideal way to get a degree without running up any student debt.

Students follow a programme of academic study, leading to a foundation degree in engineering. While studying, participants will also gain experience on live projects. By the time they finish the programme, students will be ready to start work on some of the biggest and most complicated engineering challenges to be found in any industry.



We need talented scientists and engineers to continually challenge and improve the way we do things

On our Technical Programme, we tailor every graduate’s experience to ensure they move into the business area that’s right for them. During the first 18 months, graduates normally have three placements – two in their home directorate and one elsewhere, to broaden their understanding of the business.

Everyone is allocated a business co-ordinator who guides them and ensures they get the best opportunities to broaden their knowledge and skills. Every graduate is supported towards Chartership with a relevant professional institution. Our technical programme is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

With new technology, the climate change agenda, differing political opinions and increasing competitions, we need talented graduates with excellent business skills.

Business or engineering graduates can join our Commercial Programme and make a real difference in areas such as trading, charging, strategy, business development, property and contracts.

This 18 month Programme consists of three placements across our business, helping graduates to build strong professional and personal skills.