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National Grid

Type: Private

Founded: 1990

Employees: 10,400

National Grid’s job is to connect people to the energy they use, safely. We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society—delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future.

National Grid holds a vital position at the centre of the energy system. We join everything up.  We own and manage the grids that connect the energy sources to the people that use it. We’re the largest utility in the UK, running systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country, connecting people to the energy they use. In the North East US, we provide power directly to millions of customers.

We all rely on having energy at our finger tips: our society is built on it. From the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going, to the mobile communications and other technologies that are essential parts of our modern lifestyle.

We’re investing around £30billion over the next 8 years to develop and renew the UK’s energy infrastructure, leading the way on renewable energy. There’s never been a more interesting and exciting time to join National Grid.

All our networks are highly complex – requiring a unique mixture of skills, experience and planned investment which makes working for us varied and exciting. Interested? Read on!

Working at National Grid

At the heart of National Grid is the best safety, operational and financial performance

How do we achieve this? By having the best people – that’s how. Build a career with us and you’ll have the chance to experience unique opportunities to develop. We share our experience and expertise to make sure we meet the high standards we set ourselves, and where a creative bunch of people who want to innovate and find new ways of doing things can.

Which is why we are in the Guardian Top 300 employers, The Times top 50 employers for women and...

Are recognised as one of the “World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies”

Have been placed in Stonewall’s 2010 UK top 100 employers

Have been awarded BITC Platinum Plus company for the second year running

Our Advanced Apprenticeships are LSIS Beacon Status and Ofsted rated as outstanding

Our Graduate programme is rated in the Times Top 100 and Job Crowd top 50 companies for graduates to work for

We work with evecracker to help women get into science and engineering, and gocracker to help get young people into apprenticeships 

National Grid Apprenticeships and Engineer Training Programmes - what you need to know

We are continually recruiting Apprentices and Engineer Trainees into all parts of our company - just take a look at the list of apprenticeships and engineer training prgrammes listed below. For more information - or if you would like to apply - please visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Qualifications requirements for Apprenticeships

To be considered, you will need either:

A) 5 GCSEs 

  • You must have Maths and English Language minimum of Grade C GCSE.
  • Plus one from technical subject areas - IT, Technical Drawing, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or any other Engineering subject. (minimum of Grade C GCSE)
  • Plus two additional GCSEs in IT, Technical Drawing, Engineering (or any other Engineering subject), Science, English Literature, Geography or History  (minimum of Grade C GCSE)

B) Engineering Diploma Higher level (Grade A - C) WITH GCSE Maths (Grade A - C) and English Language (Grade A - C).

But just as importantly, we look for:

  • Real passion and practical interest in engineering
  • A willingness to work hard, and responsibly, often outdoors - because most - if not all - of  your time will be spent outdoors.  
  • Strong initiative 
  • Good communication skills - as you'll be working as part of a team dealing with colleagues and the public

Qualification requirements for Engineer Training Programme

To join the Engineer Training Programme you will need one of the following qualifications:

  • 2 A-Levels / A2: Grades A* - C (1 must be in either Maths, Physics or Engineering)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Mechanical Engineering accepted for the Gas vacancies only) Grade Merit or Distinction (it is essential that the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Mechanical Engineering accepted for the Gas vacancies only) Grade Merit or Distinction (it is essential that the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Mechanical Engineering accepted for the Gas vacancies only) Grade Merit or Distinction (it is essential that the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • HNC / HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering (Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction)
  • Degree in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or any Engineering discipline

We also look for:

  • Financial and project management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work across all levels of the organisation and influence effectively

Apprenticeships available at National Grid

Electrical Substation Apprentice

What is it? 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 work at meeting the demands of new sustainable sources of generation to connect onto the National Grid. 

What happens after? 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. 

Each substation has a range of high voltage electrical equipment which you will become familiar with, these are:

  • Circuit breakers
  • Transformers
  • Disconnectors
  • Compressors
  • Auxiliary supply systems etc.

Where? These opportunities exist at sustation locations across England and Wales. Substations, which operate between 132kV - 275kV - 400kV, are connected via an overhead line transmission system.

How long? This is a three year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Electrical Overhead Lines Apprentice

What is it? 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!

What happens after? 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.

How long? This is a three year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Pipelines, Compressors & Terminals Apprentice

What is it? These apprenticeships are based around the UK at our gas operational sites, where you could be involved in maintaining the pipelines, compressors or gas turbines that ensure the continued supply of gas to home and industry throughout the UK.

National Grid owns the national gas transmission system in Great Britain. This comprises approximately 7,600 kilometres of high pressure pipe and 26 compressor stations, connecting to eight distribution networks and to third party independent systems for onward transportation of gas to end consumers.

The majority of current gas supplies come from the ever depleting UK continental shelf fields, so alternative supplies/sources of gas need to be found - increasing dependency on gas imports from other countries. The next six years will be an exciting time in the UK gas industry with the next phase of imported gas supplies coming on-line.

What happens after? As a member of our maintenance delivery gas team, you will be right at the heart of the decisions that are made to ensure the reliability and security of our gas network. Our first priority will always be the continued safe and secure operation of the gas transmission system whilst enabling and facilitating the changes to the new sources of gas entering the United Kingdom.

Where? Apprenticeships are based around the UK at our gas operational sites

How long? This is a four year development programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Liquefied Natural Gas Apprentice

What is it? This programme brings new talent into our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility. During that time you'll learn everything you need to carry out on-site inspections and maintenance. 

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.

Where? Grain, Kent

How long? This is a four-year programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Distribution Emergency Response Apprentice

What? The Gas Distribution Operations department spends £400 million running the Gas Emergency Service, focusing on safe guarding life and property and responding to over 533,000 gas escapes! On the apprenticeship you will focus on: 

  • metering services
  • replacing complex gas mains in our cities
  • maintaining the gas distribution above ground assets 
  • connecting new customers

Then what? 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'll 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.  

How long? This is a 30 month development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Engineer Training Programmes available at National Grid

Electrical Substation Engineer Training Programme

What: Working in National Grid's substations on a range of  high voltage electrical equipment - including circuit breakers and transformers - you'll become an expert in the sophisticated 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.

Then what: Once qualified as a Substation Electrical Engineer, you'll be able to work on our extensive network of substations, responsible for the continued safe and reliable operation of the electricity transmission network through the efficient maintenance of substation assets. 

Where: These opportunities exist at substation locations across England and Wales. 

How long? This is a three year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Electrical Power System Design Engineer Training Programme

What is it?: You'll be involved in investigating the systems, designing and recommending solutions to faults, ensuring the money we invest in the system is spent as wisely as possible. The electricity we all depend upon flows from power stations to consumers through a sophisticated network of complex high voltage equipment, which we call the electricity ‘transmission system’. That system has been around for many years, but it needs continual renewal if it is to remain reliable and to meet the nation’s changing energy needs. This task requires a pool of highly skilled engineers to make this happen, and that is where you come in!

What happens after?: Engineers are involved in investigating the systems, designing and recommending solutions to faults, planning the work and making sure the system is safe for our field engineers to work on. 

We want you to join us to become a talented engineer and help provide these services in what is arguably the most important company in the UK. In doing so you could be doing one of these key roles: 

  • Examining the best ways to fix or replace our old equipment that is getting close to the end of its life. 
  • Investigating the different faults on our equipment, finding out what went wrong with it and recommending how to prevent it from maybe happening again to ensure it is as safe as possible.

Where: Our power system design team are based at our Warwick HQ 

How long: This is a two year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com 

Electrical Power System Works Engineer Training Programme

What is it? This role offers great variety and exciting challenges. No day within Work Planning is ever the same and you'll be given the opportunity to interact with many parts of the business on a range of tasks. This team is responsible for the planning, prioritisation and optimisation of all work activity (i.e maintenance and construction) on the electricity transmission system in the current year. 

The team has to:

  • Agree High Voltage circuit outages with our Control Centre (i.e. they turn the power off so it is safe to work on)
  • Schedule time with the field force team (i.e. The Substations and Overhead Lines teams) to deliver the planned work when the outage is happening.
  • Identify who are the right people with the right skills in the right place and at the right time.
  • Monitor all the work that has been completed, and then re-plan any work not completed (i.e. if there is a thunder storm our field force cannot work on the system.

What happens after? This task requires a pool of highly skilled engineers to make this happen, and this is where you fit in. As a planning team member you will be focused on the continual optimisation of the work plans to ensure the deliver of a safe, reliable and efficient transmission network. You will work in a dynamic environment, assessing and formulating work plans, understanding and discussing issues with other relevant parts of the business including close liaison with the Managers and Engineers responsible for the teams that deliver the work. You will also be adapting the plans to fit changes in circumstances – sometimes at very short notice.

How long? This is a two-year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Electrical Power Safety & Response Engineer Training Programme

What it is? Working in Safety Management you will be controlling and co-ordinating safety activities on the National Grid High Voltage (HV) Electrical Transmission system, to ensure that work on HV Transmission assets can take place without danger. 

To ensure we are operating a safely as possible our electricity Transmission system has an alarm system to draw attention to any faults on the network – we monitor approximately 500,000 alarms a year. Approximately 12 000 of these alarms result in work being carried out on site (around half of these are out of hours). 

What happens after? As a member of the Response team, you will be on the a national roster of standby engineers for out of hours work and management of emergencies.  The Response Team work a 24 hour 3 shift pattern with an engineer and a technician present at all times. 

How long? This is a two year development programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Pipelines, Compressors & Terminals Engineer Training Programme

What is it? As part of this National Grid team you'll be exposed to all aspects of project management, high pressure gas engineering design and operation, together with a structured training / mentoring programme. 

This will provide an excellent opportunity to gain all round skills and experience which will assist with professional development and career progression.  

The role provides the opportunity to:

  • Interface with many departments within National Grid and will
  • Build a network of industry contacts
  • Travel throughout the UK
  • Gain first hand practical experience of the planning and delivery of projects that is vital to the National Transmission System (NTS) infrastructure
  • Make a valued contribution to the continued safety and reliability of the UK’s high pressure gas network

What happens after: To meet the UK’s future energy requirements National Grid is investing millions of pounds into modernising its NTS assets, some of which are in over 40-years-old and need special replacement and improvement. This huge capital investment plan provides exciting opportunities to be part of a multi-disciplined highly focussed project team within Maintenance Delivery Gas (MDG) delivering a substantial programme of replacements / improvements on the NTS which are essential to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our high pressure gas network. 

How long? This is a two year development programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Design Engineer Training Programme

What is it? As a member of our gas network investment team, you will be right at the heart of the decisions that are made to develop our gas network. In order to develop our network we need a team of dedicated engineers to assess future gas requirements and develop projects to modify, reinforce and replace the gas pipelines and associated plant on the National Gas Transmission System. 

What happens after? As an engineer in Gas Design you will be exposed to new activities, learn to use risk-management techniques to deliver essential services and products to the gas industry. 

How long? This is a two year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Network Control Engineer Training Programme

What is it? These roles are based in our Gas National Control Centre. On the programme you will be exposed to new activities, deliver new services and innovative products to the gas industry to ensure you finish the programme ready to take your role in Gas Operations. You could be involved in controlling and balancing the Nation's gas demand with the supply we have in the pipelines across the country. 

Gas Operations ensure there is enough gas in the system when people get up and turn their heating on in the morning, they also help our field-based colleagues who are responding to emergency situations (e.g. a gas leak), to control the gas supply in the local area.  

What happens after? Being part of the Gas Operations team means working in a control room environment, which is likely to involve working shifts to ensure we keep the gas flowing at all times 24/7 - including through the night. As an engineer in the GNCC you will be at the heart of the decisions that are made and control all the actions that take place.

Where? Our Gas National Control Centre (GNCC) in South Warwickshire

How long? This is a two year development programme. 

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Liquefied Natural Gas Engineer Training Programme

What is it? 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 all play an active part in operational, delivery support, Gas Quality or Commercial and Assurance functions. 

You will be exposed to all aspects of project management, high pressure gas engineering design and operation, together with a structured training / mentoring programme. 

What happens after? We can offer a long and varied career with ample opportunity for development and new challenges all within a very friendly and welcoming site. 

How long? This is a two year development programme.

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Distribution Operations Engineer Training Programme

What is it? This is a 24/7 activity covering a variety of tasks from responding to emergency calls and carrying out repairs through to replacing parts of the network with new pipes and maintaining pressure control equipment. 

This task requires a pool of highly skilled engineers and managers to make this happen and that is where you fit in. 

What happens after? You will work in a dynamic environment, formulating work plans, designing engineering solutions and ensuring they are delivered by the teams working for you. Working closely with the support teams in our central offices and experts from outside the organisation.

How long? This is a three-year development programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Distribution Network Control Centre Engineer Training Programme

What is it? These roles are based in our Gas Distribution Network Control Centre (DNCC) in Hinckley, Leicestershire, where you could be involved in controlling and balancing the gas demand with the supply we have in the pipelines across 5 Distribution Networks covering the central part of the UK from London up to the North West and across the Midlands. 

On the programme you will be exposed to new activities, be involved in developing new ways of working to improve services and will collaborate with the wider National Grid teams to ensure you finish the programme ready to take your role in DNCC. 

What happens after? As an engineer in the DNCC you will be at the heart of the decisions that are made, you will forecast the gas demand and control the actions that take place. Your first priority will always be the continued safe, secure and efficient operation of the gas network high pressure systems and storage assets. You will be involved in all aspects of the physical and commercial conveyance of gas through our pipelines and will be a key player in our ongoing maintenance plans. 

How long? This is a two-year development programme

Interested? Check out www.nationalgridcareers.com

Gas Distribution Network Strategy Training Programme

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.  Our 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 exciting “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) have 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 providing 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 the Health and 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.

 

Student Programmes for school-leavers and undergraduates – what you need to know

We offer a variety of undergraduate programmes – 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 the right programme.

These are the career paths for Student Programmes:-

  • Technical Engineer
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Information Services

Key benefits of the Student Development Programmes:

  • 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
  • Opportunity to apply for scholarship (applies to Industrial Placement and Year in Industry only)
  • Deliver excellent performance during your placement and you will be invited to attend an early Assessment Centre for the 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

Year in Industry

  • Government backed national scheme through the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • 9 or 12 month Year in Industry
  • Typically offered to students who want to take a year out prior to going to University
  • Salary £12,500 p.a. (pro-rata)

We have Year in Industry opportunities across a number of business areas within National Grid.

  • Electricity Network Investment (ENI)
  • Gas Network Investment (GNI)
  • Gas Distribution Network Strategy
  • Gas Distribution Customer Operations
  • Gas Distribution Processes
  • Information Services

Industrial Placement - what you need to know

Placements

We have Student opportunities for 2014.

These are some of the areas you could be working in:-

  • Technical Engineer
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Information Services

Click on the programmes below to view the opportunities.

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
  • Opportunity to apply for scholarship (applies to Industrial Placement and Year in Industry only)
  • Deliver excellent performance during your placement and you will be invited to attend an early Assessment Centre for the 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

Industrial Placement

  • 12 month Industrial Placement
  • Typically offered during the penultimate year at University
  • Two day development workshop

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

  • Electricity Network Investment (ENI)
  • Market Operations
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Information Services
  • Gas Distribution Network Strategy
  • Gas Distribution Customer Operations
  • Gas Distribution Processes
  • Liquefied Natural Gas

Electricity Network Investment (ENI) - Investment Delivery - is accountable for ensuring the delivery of projects to time, cost and quality.  The role of the Investment Delivery Engineer requires engagement with Customers, construction contractors and multiple departments across the business.  With hundreds of projects in development, every one being different, no day is the same.  There are 5 regional teams that work with Capital Delivery our construction business to deliver around £1.5bn of investment per year.  

Investment Delivery is at the heart of the business driving through future investment schemes to ensure we are able to meet our customer’s needs, against an ever changing diverse mix of energy supplies.

You will have a unique opportunity to see the whole investment process through from start to finish from a basic idea right through to the delivery and construction of a major project for National Grid. 

Electricity Network Investment (ENI) - Future Strategy - are responsible for developing the future strategy for the onshore and offshore electricity networks, new asset and changing system performance.  It will look at delivering projects relating to new technologies, developing an integrated offshore network, implementing strategic developments including HVDC links to secure the network, and implementing smarter network performance.

Future Strategy reacts to changes in regulation, changing energy mix, the use of the network and will use new technologies and ways of working to enable National Grid to prepare for these changes. By developing future opportunities and innovative solutions it creates value for the business and secures the funding for delivery. 

Future Strategy is developing solutions to problems that have never been encountered before by National Grid or the UK electricity network. The team sits at the front of the technology curve, learning from and informing other transmission system operators worldwide on a number of technical issues.

  • Degrees considered – Students looking to study Electrical or Mechanical engineering at University

Gas Network Investment (GNI) - plays a vital role in ensuring the transmission of Gas, both today and for future generations. Our Analysts look to predict future supply and demand patterns, such that we can develop the investment projects that will be needed for today and tomorrow.  We work with Government in relation to the long term future of Gas and work closely with Regulation on our Price Control negotiation with Ofgem.  We also play a vital role in looking after the assets on the system and the associated safety and integrity policies.

We are responsible for potentially over a billion pounds of investment a year, over the next Price Control period. As such we are a high visibility department that can offer a wide range of opportunities and the chance for our student to begin to build their profile in the Organisation. We also have a number of recent Graduates in the team (as well as relatively recent Graduates now in substantive positions) and are well placed to provide a welcoming home to a student taking their first step inside a large organisation.

  • Degrees considered – Students looking to study Maths or Science at University

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.

  • Degrees considered – Students looking to study Electrical or Mechanical engineering at University

Gas Distribution Customer Operations - are developing a ‘world class Customer Centre’ to give our customers a single point of contact into Gas Distribution, whilst providing a service we can all be proud of. We forecast the workload for the field force and make sure that we have the right people in the right places, to ensure a safe and efficient service is in place.  Customer Operatives plays a massive part in ensuring that National Grid becomes the most efficient Gas Distribution business in the UK. 

  • Degrees considered – Students looking to study Electrical or Mechanical engineering at University

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, and Security

  • Degrees considered – Students looking to study Information Technology & Management Business (ITMB) or Business & Computing or Business & Engineering at University

Summer Internship - what you need to know

Internship

  • 12-week Summer Internship
  • Typically offered during the penultimate year at University

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

  • Electricity Network Investment (ENI)
  • Gas Distribution Network Strategy
  • Gas Distribution Customer Operations
  • Gas Distribution Processes
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Finance

Electricity Network Investment (ENI) - Investment Delivery - is accountable for ensuring the delivery of projects to time, cost and quality.  The role of the Investment Delivery Engineer requires engagement with Customers, construction contractors and multiple departments across the business.  With hundreds of projects in development, every one being different, no day is the same.  There are 5 regional teams that work with Capital Delivery our construction business to deliver around £1.5bn of investment per year.  

Investment Delivery is at the heart of the business driving through future investment schemes to ensure we are able to meet our customer’s needs, against an ever changing diverse mix of energy supplies.

You will have a unique opportunity to see the whole investment process through from start to finish from a basic idea right through to the delivery and construction of a major project for National Grid. 

Electricity Network Investment (ENI) - Future Strategy - are responsible for developing the future strategy for the onshore and offshore electricity networks, new asset and changing system performance.  It will look at delivering projects relating to new technologies, developing an integrated offshore network, implementing strategic developments including HVDC links to secure the network, and implementing smarter network performance.

Future Strategy reacts to changes in regulation, changing energy mix, the use of the network and will use new technologies and ways of working to enable National Grid to prepare for these changes. By developing future opportunities and innovative solutions it creates value for the business and secures the funding for delivery. 

Future Strategy is developing solutions to problems that have never been encountered before by National Grid or the UK electricity network. The team sits at the front of the technology curve, learning from and informing other transmission system operators worldwide on a number of technical issues.

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

Gas Distribution:

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, Chemical or Civil engineering

Gas Distribution Customer Operations - are developing a ‘world class Customer Centre’ to give our customers a single point of contact into Gas Distribution, whilst providing a service we can all be proud of. 

We forecast the workload for the field force and make sure that we have the right people in the right places, to ensure a safe and efficient service is in place. 

Customer Operatives plays a massive part in ensuring that National Grid becomes the most efficient Gas Distribution business in the UK. 

Degrees considered – a 2.2 or above in Mechanical, Chemical or Civil engineering

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, Mechanical or Civil engineering

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

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 Business (ITMB) or Business & Computing or Business & Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Internship Programme.  Applications have now closed for the 2013 intake.  Our recruitment campaign for the 2014 intake will begin in October 2013.  Please refer to our website for updates.

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