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Liquefied Natural Gas Advanced Apprenticeship at National Grid plc

Course description

We transport gas to some 11 million customers on behalf of gas shippers and suppliers across our 82,000 miles of distribution pipeline. The gas is shipped to us in a liquefied form and is dealt with at seven special coastal facilities. It's vital that these sites operate at their best day and night – which is why we've developed this development programme.

Based at our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Grain, Kent, this advanced apprenticeship has a slightly different structure to our others. Over the course of four years, you'll learn how to carry out rigorous on-site inspections and maintenance – so our LNG operations go safely and smoothly. It's a chance to work closely with Technicians in your team, and receive ongoing on-the-job training and hands-on experience. You could find yourself checking that gas pressure and LNG temperature controls are working correctly so gas can move through the pipes in its liquid state. Or you could be tasked with inspecting and repairing pipes or valves on-site. Other tasks might include 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. There's also the maintenance of electrical systems to think about, including motors or switches in hazardous areas.

As your experience grows, you'll pick up a number of different projects, which might involve leading contractors to resolve a specific issue.Once you've completed this four-year development programme, you'll be working with minimum supervision so you'll need to feel happy taking the initiative.

Course content

Year One

For most of the first year you'll be based off site at the local training provider on a full-time basis. During this time you'll cover generic engineering modules as part of an NVQ level 2 and also start a BTEC National Certificate, completing modules related to your chosen discipline i.e. mechanical, electrical or instrument.

While this year will give you invaluable basic knowledge, there may well be times when additional study is required in your own time. That way, you'll really make the most of your training. As you gain confidence, you'll get to apply your newly acquired expertise; putting it into practice both in our workshops and out in the field.


Year Two 

Throughout the second year, your academic studies will continue on a day release basis. You'll focus on completing the BTEC National Certificate and starting NVQ Level 3, which you'll then work on throughout the rest of the apprenticeship. From Year Two onwards you'll also be increasingly hands-on, getting more and more involved in activities on-site at Grain.


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 GCSE from a 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 Apprenticeship Programme or within 12 months of your 17th birthday (whichever is sooner). You'll also need to list any unspent endorsements.


Financial information

This could be the start of a great future with us. Along with exceptional training, you can also expect to receive:

  • starting salary of £14,950 p.a. rising to £23,715 on completion
  • 25 days' annual holiday plus statutory holidays
  • flexible benefits
  • full travel costs associated with training activities


  • a toolkit when you transfer to your job destination role
  • overalls and personal safety equipment
  • leisure events
  • Sharesave options
  • First Assist – free legal advice and counselling service for employees
  • pension scheme


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 technical certificates and qualifications.

Some people will become skilled engineers or move into office-based technical roles or training roles. Others will progress into senior management positions. In short, 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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      • Our Hinckley site is home to National Grid Gas Distribution.

        The site supports a contact centre and the network operations and strategy functions that support our four gas distribution networks in West Midlands, North West, East of England and North London.

        These offices are undergoing a Smart WorkSpace transformation during 2014 and 2015. This model now forms our standard office environment.