Substation Higher Apprenticeship, Electricity Transmission

  • Job Reference: 00001670-1
  • Date Posted: 28 November 2019
  • Recruiter: National Grid
  • Website: https://careers.nationalgrid.com
  • Location: Multiple locations across the UK
  • Salary: £24,017
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About the Role

Delivering energy across the nation takes epic feats of engineering. At our world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, we’ll show you how we do it. Here, you can specialise in an area of your choice, with expert instruction, hands-on live work, 3D study suites and more. If you want to earn, learn and launch a high-powered career, this is the place to start.On the Higher Apprentice Engineer programme, you will be working towards developing into a site based engineering role within Electricity Transmission.The National Transmission System – which keeps our network running – is monitored and protected by an integrated control system, and you will train to become a specialist in looking after it. Setting maintenance teams to work, commissioning new substation equipment: it will be down to you to keep everything in order.Along with all this exciting learning, you’ll be ensuring that National Grid can meet its requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability so there is a requirement for a disciplined and responsible approach to work, following instructions and complying with stringent safety rules, policies and procedures as this role exists within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities. And don’t forget, on this programme and you will need a head for heights as well as a good level of physical fitness. You should also be prepared to work outside, in all weather conditions.

What you'll do

The programme is 36 months in duration and features a blended learning approach including;

  • On job experiences - structured specifically by the team leader and mentor. This may involve shadowing and delivering day to day work activities. The log book aims to structure and reflect on this learning
  • Academy specialist training (Eakring, Nottinghamshire) - National Grid Academy technical, safety and professional training modules delivered by qualified delivery staff. These modules are a selection of business specific and general training modules
  • Academic qualification - Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electricity Transmission) with Aston University

Working with other engineers you will install, conduct tests and commission protection systems and prove the integrity of other power system plant and equipment. You will be responsible for testing and commissioning on electrical power projects and ensure the work is conducted safely and reliably, meeting quality, time and budget requirements.

Year 1 Most of your time will be spent between our own training Academy in Eakring and Aston University. You will also have some time on your local sites to begin shadowing some of our experienced craftsperson and engineers.

Year 2 You will continue to complete your Foundation Degree and start to spend more time at Substation sites. We will support you in building your knowledge and experience of the assets and how we plan the operations we undertake.

Year 3 Your focus will be on building on the knowledge and experience you have gained to work towards achieving authorisations that you will require to undertake your role.

Role Requirements

You must have, or be predicted to gain, a Grade C or above/4-9 GCSE in English Language.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, you must also have one of the following sets of qualifications:

  • 2 A-Levels - 1 must be in either Maths or Physics (Grade C or above)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • ONC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Merit or Distinction with the Maths modules being Merit or Distinction)
  • HNC/HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering (Pass, Merit or Distinction)
  • Degree in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering

To apply for this role, you must hold a valid full UK car driving licence, or be willing to learn to drive and agree to secure a valid full UK car driving licence within 12 months after joining the programme or as soon as possible after your 17th birthday.

Some of our roles will require peripatetic working, which means that you will be working within a team with no base location and will be required to travel across multiple sites.In some cases the vacancy locations cover a large geographical area, this is because you will be working as part of a team that is responsible for a number of key sites within this area and on completion of your apprenticeship you would be required to travel to these sites regularly. As part of the application you will be asked to select your preference from the locations stated below and you will be required to be within 45 minutes travel time of that location.

What's in it for you
  • Learn through a higher apprenticeship programme rated as one of the best in the country by previous apprentices and rated as a grade one (outstanding) by Ofsted.
  • Be part of a green tomorrow today, helping to achieve a net zero carbon Britain by 2050
  • Excellent starting salary
  • 26days’ holiday
  • Whilst at our Academy in Nottingham, full board accommodation and leisure facilities
  • Pension scheme
  • London weighting allowance
  • Sharesave options – you can buy discounted National Grid shares annually
  • Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be eligible 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£24,017 and you will work towards a level 4 qualification or a foundation degree depending on the programme. You will also have access to a number of additional benefits such as 26 days’ holiday, full board accommodation whilst away at our training academy and all travel expenses paid for when you’re not at your base location.

Who we are

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more 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.

Role location

Some of our roles will require peripatetic working, which means that you will be working within a team with no base location and will be required to travel across multiple sites.In some cases the vacancy locations cover a large geographical area, this is because you will be working as part of a team that is responsible for a number of key sites within this area and on completion of your apprenticeship you would be required to travel to these sites regularly.

  • South West - South Wales East, Severn and Chiltern
  • South East - North Kent, East Kent, Solent, and Sussex and Romney
  • London -North East, North West, Central, West, East
  • Central - North Anglia and Staffordshire
Closing date

The closing date for this vacancy is[enter date], however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid's recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

Further information

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Email:ApprenticeCareers@nationalgrid.com