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Electrical and Instrumentation Advanced Apprenticeship at National Grid plc

Course description

We transport gas on behalf of gas shippers and suppliers across our 82,000 mile distribution pipeline to around 11 million customers. You’ll help it run smoothly, efficiently, safely and securely by maintaining and controlling the instrumentation and electrical equipment. Working in partnership with the Gas National Control Centre, you’ll go wherever you’re needed – working on everything from emergency faults to more routine equipment failure and feeding back faults for future improvements to be made. This is a varied role where no two days will be the same.

Once you’ve completed this three year development programme, you’ll work with minimum supervision so you’ll need to feel happy taking the initiative. You’ll also be expected to travel within a 50mile radius and work on projects that might take anything from two hours to two weeks to complete.

Course content

On this four-week introduction you’ll meet other Apprentices, learn the basics about our business, take part in modules on health and safety, and even spend a week team-building on an outward bound course in Cumbria. You’ll be based at our Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire – a place you’ll get to know well during your first year.

Year one is focused on bringing your theoretical knowledge up-to-speed. This is why you’ll spend around 10 months at our Academy in Nottinghamshire studying for an NVQ Level 3 that is relevant to your programme. Training runs between 9am and 4.30pm but start/finish times are 11am on a Monday and 12pm on a Friday to allow you to travel to and from home. But as we expect you to get the most of this training there may well be times when additional study is required in your own time. As you gain confidence, you’ll get to apply your newly acquired knowledge by putting it into practice – both in our workshops and out in the  field.

Approximately 50% of the time in year two will be spent at our Academy in Nottinghamshire in one or two week blocks with the remaining 50% of the year on site.

Year Three

The majority of your time will be spent on site. Working with a close-knit team, you’ll learn from the best. Generally you’re expected to be on site for 8.30am, breaking for lunch (which you’ll need to provide as on-site facilities are basic) and you’ll finish between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. This work is both physically and mentally challenging, but our engineers are there to spur you on, answer your questions and help you to fulfil your potential. Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll be assigned to a permanent position.

Entry requirements

We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in engineering. A hard worker, you’ll combine practical technical skills with a responsible attitude and a love for the outdoors – whatever the weather – as this is where you’ll spend the vast amount of your time. In addition, you’ll need to provide proof of one of the following qualifications*:

5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications    

  • 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)


  • Engineering Diploma Higher level (Grade A – C) WITH GCSE Maths (Grade A – C) and English Language (Grade A – C)


  • have good communication skills to deal with colleagues and the public



  • be able to distinguish between red and green colours clearly so you can meet stringent safety standards – we’ll also test this at the Assessment Centre
  • hold a valid, full, current UK car driving licence within 12 months after joining the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme or within 12 months of your 17th birthday (whichever is sooner). You’ll also need to list any unspent endorsements. 


Future opportunities

Once you’ve successfully completed your training, it’s time to take up your role at professional technician status. There aren’t many people your age who will be able to say that.

After all of this fantastic training you will want to spend the next few years putting this all into practice and continuing to build on your technical capability acquiring further knowledge, experience, technical certificates and qualifications.

Some people will become skilled engineers or move into office-based technical roles or training roles others have progressed into senior management positions, the opportunities are endless.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Grid plc directly.

Last updated date: 04 August 2015
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