Higher Apprenticeship - Control Engineers National Grid Electricity Distribution

The training programme will take approximately 2½ years to complete, commencing September 2024, and will comprise of practical training and placements, alongside academic study towards a higher level qualification through Aston University.

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

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Closing date: 17 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £48,369.00

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher
    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000213251

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • As a Control Engineer you will be controlling the operation of the Company's high voltage distribution network up to 132kV. You will be responsible for ensuring that all high voltage operations are carried our within the Distribution Safety Rules and other appropriate Company policy
  • The intention of this scheme is that applicants can progress towards the role of a Shift Control Engineer within one of the Control Centres at either Lamby Way, Cardiff, or Pegasus Business Park
  • Reporting to the Control Team Manager at your chosen location, you will be expected to collect and document evidence of your progression in the scheme by producing and submitting reports. On-job learning and progression will be supported by regular meetings with your manager and you be assigned a mentor to support you, with an expectation that you drive your progression towards successful completion

The training you will be getting

  • The training programme will take approximately 2½ years to complete, commencing September 2024, and will comprise of practical training and placements, alongside academic study towards a higher level qualification through Aston University
  • The placements in the training programme will include specialist areas such as: Protection, Operational Switching, Transformer Maintenance, Design Team, Network Analysis, DSO Control Systems, Operational Support, Control Room, and National Grid Telecoms, all of which will require the candidate to flexible in relation to travelling to other National Grid (NGED) locations
  • 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 NGED service area. This will include periods at one of our Contact Centres or Dispatch Units

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of the training period and authorisation to switch at 11kV, successful candidates will be appointed to Grade 7 of the EBA. Please note that this role will involve shift working from this point onwards, including some weekends and bank holidays, as our Control Centres operate 24/7/365
  • Our efficiency and effectiveness impacts on all five National Grid key customer promises, so we work collectively and collaboratively to ensure we deliver on safety, network reliability, excellent customer service and business efficiency, all while protecting the environment
  • The intention of this scheme is that applicants can progress towards the role of a Shift Control Engineer within one of the Control Centres at either Lamby Way, Cardiff, or Pegasus Business Park

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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

Qualifications

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.

Employer

National Grid Electricity Distribution

Address

Herald Way

Pegasus Business Park

Castle Donington

DE74 2TU

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Training

Training provider

NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION (SOUTH WEST) PLC

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: 17 Dec 2023