Network Outage Planning Engineer, Higher Apprentice (Warwick)





24 Months 



Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering 




About the Role




When you join our 24-month Higher Apprenticeship Programme as a Network Outage Planning Engineer, you’ll have a mixture of formal training and education, alongside office-based experience where you will be able to put the new skills and knowledge acquired from the scheme into practice. 



This role is a dynamic and varied role, requiring advanced organisation skills, customer and stakeholder management and a keen drive to take ownership and make intelligent decisions to support the delivery of National Grid’s portfolio of works.  



On this apprenticeship you will be working towards a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering at Aston University. As well as your academic studies you will spend time at our National Grid Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, completing a variety of in-house, specialist training, as well as our office headquarters in Warwick which will provide you with on-the-job experience for your role specific learning. 



Your academic studies will take up a significant amount of your time on the programme. However, when you are in the office you will be given exposure to various departments and be encouraged to network extensively to really immerse yourself in the business. You will be tasked with completing various projects and assignments to help you develop your knowledge and skillsets in accordance with Higher Apprenticeship format and requirements. 



You’ll also have the opportunity to spend time in between your studies and training at our Substation compounds with our Engineers and Fitters, so you can view first-hand, the work that our Operations teams deliver across the country to keep the lights on. You will have the opportunity to complete hands on experience and develop practical skills which will support your academic studies and on-the-job learning.  



Once qualified you will be able to:  


  • Optimise the Strategic Outage Plan, ensuring correct prioritisation of works to align to business outcomes, regulatory commitments and manage any potential delivery risks.


  • Lead on the Customer Interactions with regards to outage impacts and take accountability on ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction. 


  • Ensure all outage planning decisions are documented in the relevant systems and are communicated with reasoning to all relevant stakeholders. 


  • Manage and reoptimize system access changes in operational timescales, having worked in cross-functional formats with all wider business stakeholders and customers to agree solutions to plan changes. 

What you'll get




You will receive a Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Aston University as well as a starting salary of £28,333.  



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: 


  • 25 days annual leave + statutory holidays 


  • A competitive ‘match and double’ pension scheme


  • Sharesave options, plus other flexible benefits  


  • Two years of high-quality personal development


  • Full board accommodation whilst at our Academy and Aston University 



You will have the opportunity to: 


  • Build strategic relationships through working collaboratively across the business


  • Develop a strong understanding of how the electricity transmission system operates in real time


  • Develop an awareness of Performance Excellence tools and techniques


  • Interact with operational employees and customers


  • You will be challenged from the start as you juggle studying for your Foundation degree with invaluable work experience, but we’ll support you every step of the way. 



National Grid is committed to the personal development of our staff. 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. 

About you




Joining us at National Grid, you will be part of an organisation with ambitious, positive targets, right on the front line of the energy industry in its goal of achieving Net Zero emissions. We will provide you with a range of skills, experiences, and qualifications to help you drive a long and successful career with National Grid. 



On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will receive a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Electrical Power Engineering (Power Systems Management) – fully subsidised and paid for by National Grid.



You’ll need to have a GCSE in English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) with one of the following: 


2 A Levels A* - C (1 must be in either Maths OR Physics)


BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)


BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)  


ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)  


You must have a full, UK Driver’s Licence prior to joining the programme, and you must be willing to relocate to within a reasonable commute of Warwick within 1 month of the start date.  



You’ll also be comfortable working at heights and will be required to take a colour-blind test as part of the assessment process. 

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 adjustments that you require. 

More Information




This role will close in March 2024, however, we encourage you to apply as early as possible as we will close roles if they are filled earlier than the deadline.   


Assessment centres will be held from January – April 2024.  

 Higher Apprenticeship
 Published on 11-12-2023
 Deadline NA