Overhead Lines Craftsperson (Newcastle) Advanced Apprentice, Electricity Transmission

About the Role




Work at the heart of National Grid   



Would you like to work 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?  



On this apprenticeship you will be working towards a Level 3 Power Network Craftsperson qualification.   



You will also be paid over £21,000 a year while you train, with free food, accommodation, and travel.   



Our three-year Advanced Apprenticeship will train you to become a craftsperson providing site support to our Overhead Line network. As an Overhead Lines Power Network Craftsperson, you will have responsibility for the safe construction, maintenance and repair of the UK’s electrical power network, to provide a safe and dependable supply of electricity to the country. This involves working at various locations across the company’s power network. The role exists within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities, so there is a requirement for a disciplined and responsible approach to work. The role requires a good level of physical ability in order to access positions at height and you should be happy to work outside in all weathers.  



The life of an Advanced Apprentice is varied and fast paced; no two days are the same. On a day to day basis you could expect to be involved with;  



• Safety practices and procedures, carrying out risk assessments and checking the structures to be climbed and the working conditions while working at height  


• Carrying out excavations, erecting wood poles, steel towers and install their support mechanisms  


• Climbing poles and steel towers to install, maintain, test, repair and dismantle overhead line plant and equipment safely at height  


• Testing equipment for voltage, current and earth resistance testing to maintain the integrity of the network  


• Consulting design specifications to tension and terminate conductors, erecting and assembling steel work and fittings  


• Installing and connecting electrical transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers and other associated equipment  


• Driving vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites including mobile elevated work platforms  


• Applying mechanical knowledge to use winches, drum handlers, pull lifts, tirfors and tensioning devices  


• Carrying out electrical switching procedures on high and low voltage networks, operating switchgear, fuses and making and breaking live conductor connections  


• Organising work teams to carry out maintenance operations on overhead line plant and apparatus



About You




You are 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 different 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 Advanced Apprenticeships are for people who have five GCSEs, including passes in Maths and English graded 4/C or above.  



By the end of your first year, you’ll need a driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK.   


You must be able to live away from home; primarily at our Eakring academy.  



What You'll Get




We are proud to offer a starting salary of £21,164.  



As a first step to your career in the energy industry, our Advanced 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:  



  • You’ll get 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 shares  


  • 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 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

 Advanced Apprenticeship
 Published on 11-12-2023
 Deadline NA