Higher Apprenticeship - Planning & Design National Grid Electricity Distribution

The Apprenticeship programme takes around three years to complete. You’ll earn while you learn and develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a Network Planner, a higher level qualification, delivered by Aston University (if not already achieved).

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 04 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday between the hours of 8.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • This role involves detailed technical discussions with customers, architects, public authorities and landowners together with a sound and pragmatic appreciation of complex engineering problems
  • Applicants must be personable and approachable, with a firm understanding of engineering and financial matters
  • Successful candidates will also be expected to study for, and achieve a higher level qualification through Aston University The majority of the on-the-job training will take place within local teams, but you may be required to undertake placements at other locations across the National Grid service area, so you need to be flexible and able to travel

The training you will be getting

  • As you will be studying for a higher level qualification at Aston University, you will be required to undertake placements in Birmingham for up to two weeks at a time during the first two years. Accommodation and travel costs will be provided
  • The Apprenticeship programme takes around three years to complete, and you’ll spend your first 10 - 12 weeks being inducted onto the programme at one of our Training Centres
  • The training programme provides on-the-job training and formal courses held in one of our Training Centres at either Taunton or Tipton, over a period of approximately two years (depending on entry level qualifications)
  • Your Training will include vocational and academic courses along with periods of on the job training and development, learning from an experienced and qualified Network Planner.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following a formal assessment of your knowledge, skills and behaviours, you’ll become a qualified Network Planner yourself
  • You'll become integral to the company offering many benefits who offer a supportive working environment, providing you the skills to make robust decisions and successfully deliver essential works
  • We are committed to investing in the latest technologies and working methods to improve service to customers

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 6-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 6-9) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science (Grade A-C) Essential

About the employer

We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses, working outdoors with underground cables, overhead lines and substations that operate between 230 and 132,000 volts. National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources which are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand. If this appeals to you too, you could soon work in a supportive, rewarding and friendly environment that empowers everyone to succeed.


National Grid Electricity Distribution


Saw Mills End

Corinium Avenue



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Electrical power networks engineer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Dec 2023