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Emergency Response Advanced Apprenticeship at National Grid plc

Course description

If our customers need us, we’re there for them. Our Gas Emergency Service is on call to safeguard both life and property from gas leaks, responding to over 533,000 gas escapes each year. In addition the team also connects customers, provides metering services, replaces complex gas mains in our cities and maintains gas distribution above ground.

Upon successful completion of this 30-month programme, you’ll be qualified to act as the first response to public reported gas escapes. You’ll also help with routine maintenance, connections and repairs. It’s a job that will keep you on your toes, as every job is different. It’s also one that will require you to work out of hours as needed and to feel happy working largely on your own.

Course content

Year One

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. 


Year Two 

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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