Working at Northern Powergrid

Careers

As one of the UK's leading power distribution companies, we deliver electricity safely and reliably to 3.9 million homes and businesses. We also offer compelling career opportunities. We're looking to the future, so we're embracing new technology and sustainable resources, developing environmental projects and reducing our carbon footprint. We're investing in our network, in our customers and in our people.

That's where you come in. Whether you're looking to begin an exciting career journey as a graduate, trainee or apprentice, or you're looking for new opportunities to build on your existing experience, you'll find something unique with us. Take a look through our careers brochure for more information about the opportunities available at Northern Powergrid.

Our locations

With a network of offices across the region, and power lines running from the border with Scotland down to northern Lincolnshire, and from the North Sea coast across to the Yorkshire Dales, whether you'll be spending your days at a desk or out in the field, you could find yourself working in all kinds of places.

Our main operational sites and training centres are shown on the map.

Values

What sets us apart? Simple. We appreciate that you are the future of our business. We want you to grow, to be challenged, and to succeed. Through excellent training and development, we'll give you the power to light up people's lives.

Our network covers an area of 25,000 square kilometres, we manage more than 60,000 substations and around 94,000 kilometres of overhead line and underground cables. That means there's no shortage of opportunities.

CRAFT APPRENTICESHIPS - 2017 scheme is now closed

We are  looking for practical individuals who enjoy outdoor, hands-on work as part of a skilled team. Our Apprentice Programme will equip you with the skills you need to begin an exciting career helping us to install, maintain and replace our network.

We've developed a training programme to give you the specialist skills to work safely and competently on our distribution system in a variety of roles. You'll gain professional experience, complete training courses, and study for recognised qualifications at college. And we'll pay you a salary from day one.

Once you've completed your apprenticeship successfully, we'll place you in a permanent role in the area of our organisation that best suits you. From there you will have plenty of opportunities to develop and progress within our business.


PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Apprentice Programme lasts 3 years.

Through a mixture of practical experience, professional training, and block release to study for recognised courses at college, you'll gain a wide range of knowledge and skills.

We'll equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to carry out overhead line work and underground cable jointing.

As you progress, you'll follow a structured programme of on-the-job and specific skills training, which will be increasingly tailored to your individual needs.

BENEFITS

We recognise you'll invest a great deal of effort in your training. Therefore, we'll reward you with a competitive starting salary of £16,960  (pay award pending) per year.

You'll enjoy paid breaks too. You'll begin with 25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), which will rise to 28 days over time.

We'll help you start planning for the long-term as well, with our Northern Powergrid Pension Scheme.

 

 

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GRADUATE AND TECHNICAL STAFF TRAINEE OPPORTUNITIES - 2017 scheme is now closed

We are looking for talented graduates with the passion and dedication to become highly skilled Engineers. Our Graduate Programme will equip you with the skills you need to begin an exciting new career.

We're also looking for individuals with an HNC/HND (or equivalent qualification) with the dedication to become highly skilled engineers through our Trainee Development Programme.

We've created a training programme designed to give you a broad picture of Northern Powergrid while gaining professional experience, completing work-based projects and training courses, and undertaking academic study.

Once you complete your training programme, we'll place you in a permanent role that best suits your skills, qualities and interests. From there, you'll have opportunities to develop and progress within our business.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Graduate Programme lasts 2 years.

Following an induction, explaining our business and your role within it, you will spend 18 months completing a variety of structured placements, along with 7 formal courses.

We expect you to take a flexible approach and have opportunities for you to work anywhere from the Scottish Borders to Lincolnshire.

Initially, you'll shadow engineers. As you progress, you'll start planning and organising activities. You'll be involved in site works as well as non-operational positions, including design and asset management.

You'll also enjoy opportunities to visit the factories that build and supply our equipment. You'll see key items such as transformers, cables and switchgear being made.

During your final 6 months, you'll complete an extended placement. You'll also complete any extra training that's necessary for you to join us in your chosen role on a full-time, permanent basis once you successfully complete the Programme.

BENEFITS

We recognise you'll invest a great deal of effort in your training. Therefore, we'll reward you with a competitive salary of £27,358 (pay award pending) per year. What's more, this will increase as you add more skills and experience to your portfolio.

You'll enjoy paid breaks too. You'll begin with 25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), which will rise to 28 days over time.

We'll help you start planning for the long-term as well, with our Northern Powergrid Pension Scheme.

 

  

 

 

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TRAINEE ENGINEER (FOUNDATION DEGREE) OPPORTUNITIES - 2017 scheme is now closed

We are looking for talented individuals with the passion and dedication to become highly skilled Engineers. Our Foundation Degree Programme will equip you with the skills you need to begin an exciting new career.

You will need a minimum of three GCSE’s or equivalent (Grade C or above) which must include Mathematics and English, as well as one of the following:

  • 2 A-Levels /A2: Grades A*-C (1 must be in either Mathematics, Physics or Engineering)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering*
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering* 
  • ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering *

*It is essential that the Mathematics modules are at Merit or Distinction

We've created a training programme designed to give you a broad picture of Northern Powergrid while gaining professional experience, completing work-based projects and training courses, and undertaking academic study.

Once you complete your training programme, we'll place you in a permanent role that best suits your skills, qualities and interests. From there, you'll have opportunities to develop and progress within our business.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Trainee Engineer (Foundation Degree) Programme lasts 3 years.

During the first two years you will complete a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering, paid for by us!

You will gain a broad range of invaluable experience and knowledge in a variety of structured placements and formal  courses: you will work outside with our craftsmen and engineers and will also get involved with design aspects of power engineering.

We expect you to take a flexible approach and have opportunities for you to work anywhere from the Scottish Borders to Lincolnshire.

You'll also enjoy opportunities to visit the factories that build and supply our equipment. You'll see key items such as transformers, cables and switchgear being made.

BENEFITS

We recognise you'll invest a great deal of effort in your training. Therefore, we'll reward you with a competitive starting  salary of £18,750 (pay award pending) per year. What's more, this will increase as you add more skills and experience to your portfolio.

You'll enjoy paid breaks too. You'll begin with 25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), which will rise to 28 days over time.

We'll help you start planning for the long-term as well, with our Northern Powergrid Pension Scheme.

 

 

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