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Advanced Apprenticeship Programme

This award-winning programme will turn your interest in practical issues into a long-term career, where you'll constantly learn and develop new skills.

 

Our 2014 recruitment for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme is now complete, however our 2015 opportunities will go live on the National Grid Careers website in September this year.  If you would like to register your interest in the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme in advance of the website going live, please do this by clicking on the link below.

 

 
  

Register your interest

 

 

 

Take a look at the key aspects of our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme

 

·          A Beacon award-winning programme recognised for excellence and innovation in further education training

·          A real alternative to the traditional University route

·          A permanent position when you satisfactorily complete the whole programme

·          Two and a half-, three- or four-year development programme worth approximately £20,000

·          Starting salary of £14,950 p.a. rising to £23,715 on completion

·          You will be skilled to professional technician status and have achieved an NVQ Level 3

·          Six different programmes available

·          Start date of September 2014

·          Blend of formal study at our Nottinghamshire training centre combined with practical application and experience at your local site

·          The state of the art training facility in Nottinghamshire hosts a 100 bedroom lodge. Your safety and security is our number one priority and we take our pastoral care responsibilities seriously

·          Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away

·          Ideal career path for females with the opportunity to work in teams out on site at our facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We have six different programmes available. Click into the sub-programme information below to find out more about each role. 

Substations

 

Working in National Grid's substations on a range of  high voltage electrical equipment - including circuit breakers and transformers - you'll get to grips with the engineering systems which play an essential role in "keeping the lights on", and to meet demands of new sustainable sources of generation to connect onto the National Grid. 

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you'll work on our extensive network of substations, identifying any problems and fixing them so they can be put back into service.

These opportunities exist at substation locations across England and Wales. Substations, which operate between 132kV - 275kV - 400kV, are connected via an overhead line transmission system. Each substation has a range of high voltage electrical equipment which you will become familiar with - circuit breakers, transformers, disconnectors, compressors, auxiliary supply systems etc.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away.

This is a three year development programme.

Candidate will need to be able to distinguish between red and green colours clearly as these are safety critical roles and it is crucial in order to operate safely.  This will be tested at the Assessment Centre. Please see below a list of Substation Assessment Centre dates.

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

Candidates must be happy to work at heights of up to 30 metres.  Candidates will be involved in a climb at the Assessment Centre.

These are the locations we are recruiting for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for Substations. 

 

 

 Assessment Centre Dates

 

04/05 Feb - Pentir, Kirkby

18/19 Feb - Aberthaw, Hurst

11/12 Mar - Pelham, Didcot

25/26 Mar - Capenhurst, Deeside

29/30 Apr - Staythorpe, Landulph,

13/14 May - Bishops Wood, Barking, Littlebrook

03/04 Jun - Raleigh, Brinsworth

 

 

 

 

 

Overhead Lines

 

National Grid operate and maintain approximately 14,000 kilometres of 400 / 275 kV overhead lines strung on 22,000 towers - these transmit electricity around the UK to ensure power is available when you flick a light switch. We have teams of technicians and engineers who ensure that the integrity of our overhead lines and towers infrastructure are as they should be. This can involve a number of approaches from climbing up the towers to check the condition or undertake maintenance on our assets, to working on a live line carrying electricity suspended from a helicopter!

The Apprenticeship Programme will give you all the knowledge you need to maintain our overhead line assets and ensure you can fix any routine problems that may occur. This work may involve responding to emergency faults, assessing the condition of the lines by climbing up the towers, or assessing from above using a helicopter to inspect the lines, therefore you'll need to be happy with working at heights.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away. 

This is a three year development programme.

Candidate will need to be able to distinguish between red and green colours clearly as these are safety critical roles and it is crucial in order to operate safely.  This will be tested at the Assessment Centre.

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

OHL – Candidates must be happy to work at heights from 90ft up to 625ft.

These are the locations we are recruiting for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for Overhead Lines.  

Please click on the relevant location to apply

Bramley, Hampshire

 

 

Assessment Centre Dates

04/05 Feb - Bramley, Northfleet

18/19 Feb - Pelham, West Boldon

11/12 Mar - Swansea, Bristol

25/26 Mar - Bramley, Bushbury

29/30 Apr - Northfleet, Bramley

 

                     

 

 

  

Liquefied Natural Gas

This programme brings new talent into our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Grain, Kent, it offers a slightly different structure to our other apprenticeships as it lasts 4 years and during that time you will learn everything you need to carry out on-site inspections and maintenance.

During the majority of the first year you will be based off site at the local training provider on a full time basis, you will cover generic engineering modules as part of an NVQ level 2 and also start a BTEC National Certificate, completing modules related to your chosen discipline i.e. mechanical, electrical or instrument.

Throughout the second year academic studies continue on a day release basis. The second year focuses on completion of the BTEC National Certificate and starting NVQ Level 3 which is then worked on throughout the rest of the apprenticeship.

When you start year two as an Apprentice you will have an increased involvement with activities on site at Grain. You’ll work closely with Technicians in your team, and receive ongoing on-the-job training and hands-on experience. Typical activities involve:

Checking the gas pressure and LNG temperature controls are working correctly so gas can move through the pipes in its liquid state.

Inspecting and repairing any pipes or valves on-site, or on maintaining the structure of the jetty where the ships bringing the LNG from North Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, unload the LNG into the pipelines and storage tanks.

Maintaining the electrical systems on-site, including the repair of motors or switches in hazardous areas.

Typically an LNG Apprentice will pick up a number of different projects as your experience grows, at times perhaps leading a small team of contractors on a specific issue.

This is a four year development programme.

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away.

We are recruiting for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for Liquefied Natural Gas at Grain.   

Please click on the below link to apply

 

Grain, Rochester, Kent 

 

Assessment Centre Dates

25/26 Mar

 

 

Gas Distribution Operations, Emergency Response

Gas Distribution Operations spend £400 million running the Gas Emergency Service, focusing on safe guarding life and property and responding to over 533,000 gas escapes.

We also provide metering services, replace complex gas mains in our cities, maintain the gas distribution above ground assets and connect new customers.

Following completion of the apprenticeship and being assessed as fully competent, the role within Emergency will primarily involve being the first response to public reported gas escapes.  Investigating and ‘making safe’ gas leaks in an outside environment within domestic and non domestic customer premises.  You will also be involved with routine maintenance on the gas distribution system and performing meter work on behalf of gas shippers.   Because of the nature of the work you will be required to work out of hours and whilst you will be part of a larger team you will undertake most of your work on your own.   

This is a 30 month development programme.

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away.

These are the locations we are recruiting fo the Advanced Apprenticship Programme for Gas Distribution Operations Emergency Response.

 

Assessment Centre Dates

04/05 Mar - Nottingham

18/19 Mar - Woodford

01/02 Apr - Fulham

07/08 May - Luton

10/11 Jun - Manchester

 

Gas Distribution Operations, Pressure, Control and Storage

 

As a Pressure, Control and Storage Apprentice you could be based anywhere around the UK at our operational Depots. Your role will involve maintaining the mechanical equipment which reduces the pressure of gas in our network.It can also include reconfiguring the gas network for emergencies and repairs. 

Our networks comprise of approximately 82,000 miles of distribution pipeline, we transport gas on behalf of gas shippers and suppliers to around 11 million customers. The majority of your role will be spent working outdoors, working in confined spaces (which may mean wearing breathing apparatus so you will need to be clean shaven) and possibly at heights – so you must be comfortable with climbing ladders! 

You will be a key member of the Operate and Maintain department keeping the system running and at the right pressure.  This is a varied role where no two days will be the same.   You will be visiting numerous sites within a 50 mile radius; you could be working on one site for 2 hours or up to 2 weeks. You are trusted to work responsibly with minimum supervision so commitment and being able to use your own initiative is essential to the role. 

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away. 

This is a three  year development programme. 

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

 

These are the locations we are recruiting for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for Gas Distribution Operations, Pressure, Control and Storage.  

 

Please click on the relevant location to apply

West Midlands (South) including Kidderminster, Droitwich, Redditch and Worcester

 

Assessment Centre Dates

11/12 Feb - Greater Manchester, West and East London

04/05 Mar - Merseyside

18/19 Mar - West Midlands South, Sheffield

01/02 Apr - Blackpool

07/08 May - Hemel Hempstead, Sheffield, West Mids South

20/21 May - West and East London

 

 

Gas Distribution Operations, Electrical and Instrumentation

As an Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice you could be based anywhere around the UK at our operational Depots. You will have a key role in keeping the gas network running by maintaining and controlling the instrumentation and electrical equipment which ensures the gas network operates to the highest standards.

 

Our networks comprise approximately 82,000 miles of distribution pipeline, we transport gas on behalf of gas shippers and suppliers to around 11 million customers.  You could be working in kiosks, buildings or the corner of a field; it’s mainly indoor work but can involve working outside.  As well as routine maintenance you could be responding to emergency faults and equipment failures, liaising closely with the Gas National Control Centre, you will be their eyes and ears, reporting back any faults you may find.

 

You will be a key member of the Operate and Maintain department keeping the gas network running.  This is a varied role where no two days will be the same.   You will be visiting numerous sites within a 50 mile radius; you could be working on one site for 2 hours or up to 2 weeks. You are trusted to work responsibly with minimum supervision so commitment and being able to use your own initiative is essential to the role.

 

Recruiting people from their local communities is important to us and ensures you have a great support network both home and away. 

This is a three  year development programme. 

Candidates must hold a valid UK car driving licence within twelve months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within twelve months of their 17th birthday whichever is the sooner and they must list any unspent endorsements.

If candidates do not reside within the postcode perimeter for the role then they must agree to self fund relocation.

These are the locations we are recruiting for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme for Gas Distribution Operations, Electrical and Instrumentation.   

  

 

Assessment Centre Dates

04/05 Mar - Nottingham

18/19 Mar - Raleigh

01/02 Apr - Sheffield, Slough

20/21 May - Leicester, Blackpool

10/11 Jun - Raleigh, Greater Manchester