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Student Programmes

We offer a variety of undergraduate schemes - whether you are looking for a year in an organisation before you go to university or if you have the option of a placement year as part of your degree, we have a student programme for you.

 

Our 2014 recruitment for the Student Development Programmes 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 Student Development Programmes in advance of the website going live, please do this by clicking on the link below.

Register your interest

These are the career paths for Student Programmes.  Click on the programmes below to view the opportunities for Industrial Placements and Internships and to apply: -

  • Technical Engineer
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Information Services
  • Procurement

Key benefits of the Student Development Programme:-

  • Ideal way to develop `hands on’ experience in a large organisation
  • Excellent exposure to the Energy and Power industry
  • Provides a head start for your career and will give you an insight into different career paths
  • Places you in a strong position for future opportunities with National Grid
  • Opportunity to gain a broader understanding of our whole business
  • Deliver excellent performance during your placement and you will be offered an opportunity on our Graduate Development Programme at the start of your final year, leaving you free to concentrate on achieving that all important grade
  • Opportunity to work across the UK (must be willing to work away from home)
  • Before you start we will contact you to discuss your project in order for you to have the best development experience possible.  We will also provide ongoing feedback and support throughout your programme
  • An exceptional opportunity to see inside National Grid and see if we’re the company for you

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Typically we recruit for the following programmes. Click into the sub-programme information below to find out more about each role. 

 

Industrial Placement

Industrial Placement

  • 12 month Industrial Placement
  • Typically offered during the penultimate year at University
  • Salary £15,600 p.a.

We have Industrial Placements available across a number of business areas within National Grid.

  • Market Operation
  • Transmission Network Service - Network Strategy
  • Transmission Network Service - Commercial
  • Gas Distribution Operations
  • Gas Distribution Process
  • Gas Distribution Network Strategy
  • Gas Distribution Commercial
  • Finance
  • Information Services
  • Procurement
  • Liquefied Natural Gas

 

Market Operation - undertake the System Operator role for the Gas and Electricity market for Great Britain. We are responsible for balancing the supply and demand for both systems. You could be assessing outage scenarios to ensure our security standards are maintained; using and developing an extensive set of algorithms to determine the demand profile for the next week or integrating new tools into the control rooms to help staff manage the system in ever more complex scenarios.

Market Operation, as the System Operator has a unique responsibility within National Grid to ensure that all the players in the energy market from Gas Shippers to Nuclear power stations can gain access to the market in a fair and balanced way. We interface across the industry and are a leading member of a number of European developments. The knowledge and system understanding gained within Market Operation has formed the foundation for the career of many of the company leaders. 

Degrees considered for Technical roles - a 2.2 or above in Electrical Engineering 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Degrees considered for Commercial roles - a 2.2 or above in Maths or a 2.1 or above in Business or Management 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications

 

Transmission Network Service - Network Strategy 

As a member of TNS Network Strategy you might be:

  • Analysing the future needs and reinforcements of the Transmission Network
  • Assessing the technical capability of new generation connecting to the Transmission Network
  • Assessing future transmission technology developments
  • Determining how the Transmission System will be operated into the future
  • Assessing the Transmission Network to allow access for new connections and reinforcements
  • Reviewing other Transmission Owner designs and plans to asses for operability

As a member of TNS Network Strategy at National Grid, you will be involved with all of these elements to some degree, whilst simultaneously becoming an expert in your particular niche. This gives you the chance to work with people from right across the industry and within National Grid to resolve a wide range of complex problems, to develop new and innovative ways of designing and operating the national Transmission Network for now and the future

Degrees considered - a 2.2 or above in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

 

Transmission Network Service - Commercial

As a member of TNS Commercial you might be:

  • Negotiating connection and service contracts with customers (such as power station developers/operators, gas suppliers and storage operators)
  • Working with Industry colleagues, the European Commission and other national bodies to develop and implement the Industry Codes (which set out   how the industry operates)
  • Determining our charging rules and collecting our revenues
  • Anticipating how the nation’s energy needs might develop in the decades to come in order to understand how networks might have to change

As a Commercial Analyst at National Grid, you will be involved with all of these elements to some degree, whilst simultaneously becoming an expert in your particular niche. This gives you the chance to work with people from right across the industry and within National Grid to resolve a wide range of complex problems, to develop new and innovative ways of doing business and to manage business to business relationships.

Degrees considered - a 2.2 or above in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Maths or Chemical Engineering or a 2.1 or above in Geography, English, History, Business or Management

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new application

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Gas Distribution:

Our People - We know what it takes to be successful and celebrate when we achieve it!

Our Presence - We are proud to serve our communities, keeping people safe and warm everyday.  We have a 200 year heritage to be proud of and an exciting future ahead of us.

Our opportunity to grow - We operate in a challenging and constantly changing environment with exciting new opportunities. 

Gas Distribution Operations - launching a career with Gas Distribution Operations will provide a unique opportunity to practise a broad variation of gas engineering disciplines and provide the chance to engage with a multifunctional field force from a leadership perspective whilst working in a direct customer facing environment. 

Gas Distribution Operations has three principle functions including, Gas Emergency and repair activities which resolve internal and external gas escapes and repairs. Maintenance of above ground assets including pipelines, routine maintenance, pressure control and storage and Electrical and instrumentation processes.  The replace and extend function operates in the construction arena replacing our underground assets.

Operations is the delivery arm of Gas Distribution and operates under a challenging regulatory regime where the expectations of our customers and stakeholders dictate the need to achieve a high quality of service whilst delivering our regulatory requirements.  

The opportunity to gain a practical grounding in Gas Distribution activities provides a fantastic springboard into the wider disciplines with National Grid.  The work is high profile, challenging and very rewarding.

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Gas Distribution Process

National Grid Gas Distribution has three core processes, Emergency Response and Repair, (ER&R) Operate and Maintain, (O&M) and Replace and Extend (R&E) the Network. These three core processes are essentially the ultimate outcomes of the efforts of the 5 functions, e.g. emergencies are fixed, the network is maintained to be reliable and deliver gas to consumers; risk to the public is reduced by replacing assets and customers get mains and services moved or installed at their request. 


Doing these things requires everyone in the organisation to carry out their activities diligently, and to do it well its essential that the processes we follow and that join us all together are effective in delivering that ultimate outcome in the most efficient way. The process centric organisation puts a focus on understanding how we are performing in delivering those ultimate outcomes; setting and managing our performance expectations for those outcomes in a way that is aligned with our stakeholders expectations and intervening to manage, change and improve processes where performance does not meet those expectations.

  • Emergency Respond and Repair is how we respond to emergency calls and faults on the gas supply network, and manage the subsequent repairs and restoration of supply.
  • Operate and Maintain is how we deliver the gas supplies to our customers and maintain the integrity of the assets in our gas distribution network.
  • Replace and Extend is how we deliver the mains replacement programme and other construction investment activities, such as extension of the gas network and connecting new domestic and non domestic customers.

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Gas Distribution Network Strategy - is at the heart of the Gas Distribution business and carries out work that includes controlling how we safely operate our gas distribution network.  We also determine how and when we replace or maintain 132000km of gas pipe and 700 installations that control the flow of gas through the network.  There are six parts to the Network Strategy team. 

  • The Distribution Network Control Centre (DNCC) controls the operation of the gas network to help ensure that gas gets to our customers safely.  The team in the control room remotely operate about 700 installations to control the pressure and flow of gas around the country.
  • The Network Design team ensures that the pipes in our network remain fit for purpose and have sufficient capacity for the gas that our customers need. This includes adapting to meet climate change objectives and we lead on helping customers in the “renewables” sector to develop new processes to connect sources such as Biogas to our network.
  • The Asset Strategy & Investment team is responsible for ensuring that all of our assets (pipes and pressure control installations) get the investment they need to keep them properly maintained, safe and efficient.  This includes making long term predictions about how much gas our customers will need and making business cases to secure the funding needed to maintain, replace or build new assets. 
  • The Network Integrity team is responsible for the integrity and safe operation of our gas network and the specification of the gas that flows through it.  We manage the “Safe Control of Operations” which ensures that all of the work carried out on our network is done by competent people and according to the correct procedures.
  • The Engineering Policy team sets technical and engineering standards for gas network management and ensures that they keep up with the times in terms of technology, environmental considerations and modern construction methodologies.  We also liaise closely with Health & Safety Executive and keep in touch with technical organisations throughout Europe and across the world.
  • The Innovation Delivery team coordinates the introduction of new ideas and technology into Distribution to make sure that we make the most of the benefits that innovation brings and that we stay at the forefront of the ever changing energy industry.

Network Strategy delivers asset management capabilities to Gas Distribution. Our primary objective is to optimise the balance between risk, cost and performance over the lifecycle of our assets.

We need to make sure we know where our assets are, what we want from them, get the best value from them and be confident they are safe and reliable for our customers.  We can provide opportunities to be involved in the day to day control of our network or at the forefront of asset investment, technical innovation, or the development of new and renewable sources of gas.  Network Strategy is also a great place from which to meet and work with people from right across Gas Distribution.

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Mechanical Engineering 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Gas Distribution Commercial

The Commercial team lead on Gas Distribution’s business to business commercial customer relationships with shippers, other gas transporters and service providers such as National Grid Metering, Onstream and xoserve.   We are responsible for our overall customer and stakeholder strategies and helping drive improved customer satisfaction and improved services to customers and broader stakeholders.  We also provide the lead on regulatory and licence issues for Gas Distribution with Ofgem and on leading and managing regulatory incentives and industry and charging changes through the Uniform Network Code. 

Our role is to provide a commercial focus to ensure Gas Distribution optimises its commercial performance to deliver shareholder value over both the short and long term which is particularly important as we move into the new RIIO price control.  We do this by developing and leveraging key strategic relationships with our key external stakeholders and working closely with the rest of Gas Distribution to understand the services we deliver and ensure we are delivering value.

We manage and develop both commercial contracts (for example, metering, call handling and connections), regulatory incentives, and the overall regulatory framework to maximise the value of Gas Distribution’s services and to support the delivery of an excellent customer experience

Degrees considered a 2.2 or above in Maths or a 2.1 or above in Business or Management 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Finance - is committed to providing insight to drive National Grid’s financial outperformance and long term value creation through strategic leadership, innovative thinking, strong stewardship and efficient processes delivered by a team of committed finance professionals. We have a variety of opportunities which may include any of the following:

  • Playing an integral part of business decision making
  • Maintaining strong controls and financial integrity
  • Safeguarding our assets and reputation
  • Managing our financing costs and tax efficiently and effectively
  • Providing financial performance, creating forecasts and plans to business segments to drive good decisions

Degrees considered – all degree disciplines - 2.2 or above in engineering disciplines and a 2.1 or above in all other degree disciplines.  Individuals should be able to demonstrate a real passion for finance. 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Information Services - we deliver the enabling technology platforms that underpins National Grid’s mission to be the foremost international gas and electricity company.

Individuals could work in:

  • Strategy & Architecture
  • Solution Delivery
  • Service Delivery
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Security

Degrees considered a 2.1 or above in Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) or Business & Computing or Business & Engineering 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Procurement

The role of Global Procurement is pivotal to the success of National Grid. Current global expenditure of £4.6bn is set to rise as buyers support the increasing asset investment programme with continued focus on sourcing sustainable goods and services whilst ensuring maximum commercial efficiency. This presents individuals with a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference as they work with key senior business leaders, influencing sourcing decisions and managing significant commercial contracts, to support one of the greatest challenges facing society; the creation of new sustainable energy solutions for the future.

Degrees considered – a 2.1 or above in Business or Management 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.

 

Grain Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) - is one of the world’s leading LNG importation and storage terminals - boasting the capacity to export up to 20% of the UK’s gas requirements into the UK transmission and local distribution network. A unique facility within National Grid - Grain LNG offers a variety of roles at one site. Chemical, Marine, Mechanical, Electrical, C&I and Civil Engineers can all play an active part in operational, delivery support, Gas Quality or Commercial and Assurance functions. With around £1 Billion of investment Grain LNG is critical to the current and future mix of energy provision in the UK. We lead the way in LNG importation in the UK and are in the envious position of being in a growing market with security of position and very strong potential for expansion and growth in the coming years. We can offer a long and varied career with ample opportunity for development and new challenges all within a very friendly and welcoming site.

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Electrical or Civil engineering 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

Internship

  • 12 week Summer Internship
  • Typically offered during the penultimate year at University
  • Salary £15,600 p.a. (pro-rata)

We have Internships available across a number of business areas within National Grid.

  • Market Operation - Commercial
  • Information Services
  • Liquefied Natural Gas

 

Market Operation - undertake the System Operator role for the Gas and Electricity market for Great Britain. We are responsible for balancing the supply and demand for both systems. You could be assessing outage scenarios to ensure our security standards are maintained; using and developing an extensive set of algorithms to determine the demand profile for the next week or integrating new tools into the control rooms to help staff manage the system in ever more complex scenarios.

Market Operation, as the System Operator has a unique responsibility within National Grid to ensure that all the players in the energy market from Gas Shippers to Nuclear power stations can gain access to the market in a fair and balanced way. We interface across the industry and are a leading member of a number of European developments. The knowledge and system understanding gained within Market Operation has formed the foundation for the career of many of the company leaders. 

Degrees considered - a 2.2 or above in Maths or a 2.1 or above in Business or Management 

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

 

Information Services - we deliver the enabling technology platforms that underpins National Grid’s mission to be the foremost international gas and electricity company. Individuals could work in:-

  • Strategy & Architecture
  • Solution Delivery
  • Service Delivery
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Security

Degrees considered – a 2.1 or above in Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) or Business & Computing or Business & Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

 

Grain Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is one of the world’s leading LNG importation and storage terminals - boasting the capacity to export up to 20% of the UK’s gas requirements into the UK transmission and local distribution network. A unique facility within National Grid - Grain LNG offers a variety of roles at one site. Chemical, Marine, Mechanical, Electrical, C&I and Civil Engineers can all play an active part in operational, delivery support, Gas Quality or Commercial and Assurance functions. With around £1 Billion of investment Grain LNG is critical to the current and future mix of energy provision in the UK. We lead the way in LNG importation in the UK and are in the envious position of being in a growing market with security of position and very strong potential for expansion and growth in the coming years. We can offer a long and varied career with ample opportunity for development and new challenges all within a very friendly and welcoming site.

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Electrical / Civil Engineering / Control and Instrumentation / Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation

Thank you for your interest in the Student Development Programme. We have closed this vacancy and are no longer accepting any new applications.

 

Our recruitment campaign for our 2015 requirements will commence in September 2014.