Substation Craftsperson Advanced Apprentice (South Wales East), Electricity Transmission NATIONAL GRID PLC

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 EAL Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies.

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

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Closing date: 08 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    You’ll get 26 days annual leave plus statutory holidays We have a double-matched pension contribution scheme There is the option to buy discounted National Grid shares We will pay for one professional membership subscription

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Our three-year Advanced Apprenticeship Substations will train you to become a technician in one of our 347 substations.

This role is based in and around South Wales East (CF37 4HP)

Our substations transform high-voltage electricity into low-voltage electricity, which can be used in homes and businesses. They also connect energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar farms, to the transmission network.  

Our technicians play a vital role in looking after our substations. Without their careful maintenance the safe, reliable supply of electricity simply could not happen. This apprenticeship will allow you to become one of them.  

You’ll be learning to do things like

  • Maintenance work on power transformers, main connections, and terminals.
  • You’ll be repairing different types of joints and working with things such as air systems, batteries, and environmental battery charger systems. 

You will follow strict safety guidelines and

  • Carry out the maintenance, repair, and monitoring of high-voltage substation equipment. This will include circuit breakers, transformers, disconnectors, compressors, and auxiliary systems. 

As you can probably tell, these apprenticeships are for people who really want to get stuck in. If that sounds like it might be you, we’d be very interested in receiving your application. 

The training you will be getting

Initially you will be at our National Training Centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire for your Induction period which is around six weeks, then periodically for technical training.

In the first year, you will spend 70% of your time at the Eakring Training Centre with the remaining 30% on site (gathering site-based experience).

Year two will be 50/50 at Eakring and on site and in the
third year 70% on site and 30% at Eakring training centre.

You will get a Level 3 Power Network Craftsperson qualification at the end of the 3 years.

Level 3 EAL Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will join National Grid as a fully qualified craftsperson.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Reliable, Adaptable, Responsible


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSES (or equivalent) incl. Maths and English (Grade 4 and above) Essential

Things to consider

You must be able to live away from home; primarily at our Eakring academy in Nottinghamshire. Food and accommodation are provided as standard.

About the employer

National Grid is at the heart of the energy future, and our people are at the heart of National Grid. We’re 30,000 colleagues strong.  In the UK, National Grid don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt. The world of energy is changing beyond recognition as we focus on building a cleaner, greener future. Working at National Grid, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.






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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

Power network craftsperson

Level 3 (A level)

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: 08 Mar 2024