Level 3 Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice - Energy Industry DNV

We have an exciting opportunity for an Electrical and Instrumentation(E&I) Apprentice to join our specialist E&I team at our “Flow Centre” in Chilton, Bishop Auckland. Our site is one of the world's largest gas flow test facilities, where our technical experts undertake specialist flow tests and flow calibrations at close to operational conditions.

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

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We offer £2,000 increments for each completed year of your apprenticeship in addition to our normal annual pay increases.

  • Working week

    Our Apprentices join us on a permanent employment contract. Typical working hours are 08:30-16:00, Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The first year of your apprenticeship will help you learn and develop critical foundation skills and knowledge around the Gas industry, engineering activities and ensuring that you always work safely.

You will then move onto the dedicated Electrical and Instrumentation technical pathway for the final 36 months of your programme, where you will build the specialist knowledge and experience required to set you on course to becoming an expert.

As an Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice, you’ll gain extensive practical experience, working on real projects alongside specialist colleagues here at the “Flow Centre” supporting the installation of large bore gas pipeline equipment for gas flow testing.

You’ll also learn all about maintaining the controls and systems that measure, monitor, analyse and control the performance of gas networks & systems.

During your apprenticeship you will learn how to:

  • Apply electrical theories and principles and use equipment to carry out diagnostic fault-finding procedures and identify and resolve data quality and calibration issues
  • Inspect, maintain, repair, overhaul, test, and calibrate instrumentation and control equipment, circuits, communication devices, and associated equipment used in system and process control
  • Carry out cable testing across a range of voltages to ensure safety and suitability for use
  • Produce clear and concise technical reports, detailing the outcomes of your work
  • Operate safe working practices within our hazardous and high pressure areas

The training you will be getting

  • You will join us on a permanent contract during August, with your apprenticeship programme formally commencing from early September and lasting approximately 48 months.
  • Upon completion you will be awarded the industry recognised Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship standard qualification.
  • You will have four or five study blocks each year, where you will spend up to a fortnight away from home with our specialist Training Provider, who will equip you with additional knowledge, skills and behaviours required for your ongoing development.
  • You will also have access to lots of online support materials and 1-2-1 sessions with your tutor to help reinforce your learning.
  • Don’t worry about additional travel and accommodation costs, as we cover these, but as these off-the-job learning weeks are a critical element of your development, spending time away from home may not be for everyone, so please consider whether you can make this commitment.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As you progress, you may have opportunities to work on broader projects, including those at our world-famous Spadeadam Research and Testing site in Cumbria.

On our Apprenticeship programme you’ll be stretched but always supported, so don’t worry if right now a lot of what you will be doing sounds very complicated and new! You will be surrounded by people committed to helping you learn and develop and providing you with everything you need to succeed, including opportunities to embark on further training and gain specialist qualifications.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade GCSE - grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade GCSE - grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Physics or Chemistry (Grade GCSE - grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5) Desired
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Performing Engineering Operations (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

It is important to understand that the nature of our work means that you will regularly spend time outside, in all weather, working with our delivery teams and witnessing our tests and research first hand.

About the employer

Here at DNV, what we do matters. Whether it’s helping the Energy Industry transition to a more decarbonised and sustainable future or helping safeguard life, property and the environment, every day, what you do will make a difference. This is our shared purpose and one our people are proud to be part of. At Spadeadam Research and Development, large scale hazards testing is carried out. Our experts test and develop products and processes for a range of industries with the aim of safeguarding life, property and the environment, and developing next generation solutions. Our site provides a challenging environment where you are encouraged to care, dare and share – both to shape your career and to create a positive change in the world.




Chilton Way

Chilton Industrial Estate, Chilton


DL17 0SE


Steve Perks


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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

Gas 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

Step 1: Follow the link to apply and answer a few simple questions. Step 2: Complete a fun, web-based, behavioural assessment. Step 3: Learn more about the role via an informal online conversation with one of our team. Step 4: Visit our site where you’ll have a tour, meet your future colleagues, have an interview and take part in an interactive team activity. Step 5: Receive a decision and constructive feedback.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Jun 2024