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About Us

At National Grid, we connect millions of people and make sure no one is left in the dark. Across England and Wales, we Bring Energy to Life, keeping the world energised so society can keep moving forward. Sitting at the heart of the communities we serve, we’re leading the transformation towards a greener future, dreaming bigger to bring more affordable energy future to everyone. This is a powerful goal – and we’re all empowered to achieve it at National Grid. With the support we need to get things done, and the time to learn and grow, our path to success is truly supercharged.

Together, we’re exploring the challenging questions of tomorrow and building a better future.

So join us, and find your Superpower.

Our Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship with National Grid isn’t just about getting a job – it’s an opportunity to join a new generation of talent, charged with shaping the future of energy. With us, you’ll develop your skills through a combination of practical work and academic study, all the while providing you with the passion, skills and knowledge you need to power all our futures.

Whichever one of National Grid’s apprenticeship routes you decide to take, you’ll be choosing to start your career with us. You’ll be splitting your week between your place of work and your place of study, all while earning a salary.

Advanced Apprenticeships

Completed, or about to complete your GCSEs? This apprenticeship programme is for you.

In your first year, you will be spending time at the National Training Academy. Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to build technical skills, spending time at our academy centre and learning on the job. In the final years you will spend approximately 75% to 90% of  your time in the workplace.

Higher Apprenticeships

If you’ve completed or nearly completed, you’re A-levels (or equivalent) this one’s for you.

In the first year of your Higher Apprenticeship you will complete a variety of training. You will begin your knowledge based training and complete projects to support your apprenticeship portfolios. Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to build your skills through on the job learning.

Case Study

Business Analyst Apprentice Janeece Hylton had a university offer, but she chose an apprenticeship instead. Now she’s learning from the people around her while she climbs the career ladder and studies.

Hi, I’m Janeece and I’m a Business Analyst Apprentice at National Grid.

On A-Level results day, I had to choose between an IT apprenticeship here or a French Studies degree at Warwick University. I’m so glad I decided to start working immediately, especially for such an exciting and impactful company.  Each day I’m learning new things as I progress. Power is so essential to our everyday lives and I get to be part of the energy workforce.

Growing in confidence through work 

It surprised me how much the people around you want to bring out the best in you, supporting you in every aspect of work. Not just my inspirational mentor,  but everyone I work with sharing words of wisdom and explaining how important it is to focus on your own self and your strengths and weaknesses. I was Head  Girl at school, but I was always a bit of an over-thinker. I’ve grown in confidence since I started working.

A big part of my role is acting as a go-between to different departments and teams – like business and IT – discovering their different priorities, potential obstacles and mapping a cohesive process so everyone can work together to achieve a common goal.

It’s been quite challenging bringing people together online during COVID, rather than seeing them across the room. But I feel very privileged to have the security of a job and a big positive is feeling closer to my parents, who are both keyworkers, while I work from home in Coventry.

I’ve discovered my role is really well suited to me as a person. During the assessment centre day, I was presented with three different IT specialisms;  based on my performance throughout the day, I was encouraged to pick business analysis and I’m so pleased I did.

Learning there are no ‘silly questions’ 

I’m goal-orientated and I like working to an end-point or deadline. I’ve always been inquisitive and I never hold back from asking the ‘silly questions’. It’s rewarding to see how well matched I am in character to my role.

You know that saying, ‘when you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life’? That’s how I feel. I’m working in the adult world and I feel so comfortable and at ease, not out of my depth at all.

You know that saying, ‘when you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life’? That’s how I feel. 

To anyone thinking about joining the apprenticeship programme, I’d say go for it! Whatever your background, you’ll always fit in and be accepted. You’ll always have opportunities to progress in different roles and departments.  People here welcome new ideas, so don’t be afraid to challenge existing practices. Never shy away from asking questions; people are happy to take the time to explain.

Don’t be put off by the hierarchies of a complex organisation – it means there are lots of ladders for you to climb in your career. And all the senior leaders are very approachable and down-to-earth. I recently received an email from a  member of the US leadership team, congratulating me on a project after my line manager told him about the work I’d put in.

There’s a real culture of celebrating individuals and their contributions here.