Cyber & Telecoms Higher Apprentice (North East), Electricity Transmission

About the Role



Ensuring the future of electricity transmission 



We don’t think of engineering as a job, we think of it as a legacy. A way of passing on a brighter energy future and keeping the lights on.  



Would you like to be part of it? 



How about working for a company that makes electricity happen for every single person in England and Wales? A company that invests billions in Net Zero and creating a brighter energy future? 



How about being paid over £28,000 a year while you train…with free food, accommodation and travel too?  



Our three-year Higher Apprenticeship Telecoms will train you to become a Telecoms engineer in one of our substations.



Our Telecoms Engineers do the behind-the-scenes work which ensures we have one of the world’s most reliable electricity networks. They undertake and manage work on our communication systems, fix faults, make sure contractors are working safely, and help protect the network against cyber-attacks.  



You will play a key role in supporting the replacement of Telecoms Equipment, ensuring it meets the demands, and developments for years to come. 



You’ll be learning about metering, as we measure the power leaving National Grid to go to a distribution network operator. You could be working on a substation’s telephone system ensuring all safety calls can take place. You might be looking after the communication routes to SCADA, the system that controls all equipment on a substation. 



As National Grid implements systems to defend against cyber-attacks there will be opportunities to learn about the technology involved. 



By the end of the apprenticeship, you will plan and manage works, source replacement equipment, develop working procedures and establish a safe system of work. You’ll be able to commission, update, and review documentation in an organised, timely manner.  


Effective liaison with customers and external contractors, at a variety of management levels, is a key part of delivering these services – hence the ability to communicate clearly and build relationships is very important. 



If you’re the sort of person who enjoys fixing things, and using your practical, engineering mindset to make things better, we’d really like to talk to you. 




About You



You’re driven and proactive, with an appetite for continuous improvement. You know how to build on your existing knowledge and skills and have the enthusiasm to run with things and to try to make them better. You’re articulate and know how to communicate appropriately with a variety of people.  



You are a flexible multitasker who can do multiple jobs at the same time and still pay great attention to detail. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re not academically dazzling; we want practical people with engineering mindsets who are really keen to apply themselves.  



Our Higher Apprenticeships are for people who have two A-Levels, including Maths, or a BTECH which includes a Maths module graded C or above. 



You’ll need a valid driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK 3 months before your start date. 



You must be able to stay away from home, primarily at our Eakring academy in Nottinghamshire. 


What You'll Get


We are proud to offer a starting salary of £28,332.



As a first step to your career in the energy industry, our Higher Apprenticeship Programmes are like no other!  You’ll gain an insight into how we work at National Grid, understand what a career with us can offer, and receive some great rewards and benefits: 



  • 26 days annual leave plus statutory holidays 


  • You could earn a £250 bonus, depending on performance 


  • Our double-matched pension contribution scheme means your pension could be worth up to 18% of your salary 


  • There is the option to buy discounted National Grid share 


  • Financial support for study relevant to your role is available 


  • We will pay for one professional membership subscription.  



Our My Discounts scheme offers discounts on everything from the weekly shop to your annual summer holidays. You’ll find savings on cinema tickets and at a range of high street retailers, including Sainsburys, John Lewis, Currys, Argos and Marks and Spencer.  



National Grid is committed to the personal development of our staff.  Joining us, you’ll be supported as you develop a wide range of business, and technical skills through structured training and on the-job experience. You’ll work closely with your line manager to establish and navigate through a Personal Development Plan that is tailored to your needs. 



Our Values and Principles



Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you require. 


Further Information

We will be closing this role in March 2024; however, we encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure you obtain the place you want in the application process.    

Assessment centres will be held from January – April 2024.  

 Higher Apprenticeship
 Published on 11-12-2023
 Deadline NA