National Grid

National Grid

National Grid's job is to connect people to the energy they use. From the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going, to the infrastructure and technologies that are essential parts of our modern lifestyle. The energy industry between now and 2050 is set to change dramatically and will play a vital role in connecting new sources of energy generation.

In Britain we run systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country. In the North Eastern states of the US, we provide power directly to millions of customers. We hold a vital position at the centre of the energy system. We join everything up.

The transition to a low carbon economy is set against a background of increasing population, changing economic times and ageing power plants. In the UK many of our energy assets are reaching the end of their lives and we are already in the midst of a significant renewal programme. This presents the sector with a tremendous opportunity to invest in the latest technology and ensure we have energy networks that will meet the future challenges.

That gives our employees an unprecedented opportunity to be at the heart of one of the greatest engineering challenges facing society; the creation of new sustainable energy solutions for the future – and the development of an energy system that can underpin economic prosperity in the 21st century. What we do helps drive Britain’s economic and social well-being – and our range of placements and development programmes can help drive your career.

We’re a company that believes in the power of action, where effort and initiative are recognised and rewarded. We offer an attractive starting salary and first-class training and development opportunities. Benefits include generous holidays, pension and share scheme and a popular flexible benefits package.

Opportunity is here. All you need to do is take it.

Case Studies

  • Name: Sally Nicholson
  • Role: Power Systems Engineer

I really enjoyed my graduate scheme - I had so much fun and made so many great friends. Actually on the grad scheme I had three six-month placements – the first was in electricity asset policy, looking at substation assets; my second placement was in demand forecasting and my third placement was actually a commercial placement which I was a bit nervous about but it has set me up really well for my first post engineering role.

Training & Profiles

Around 50 graduates join this 18 month programme every year, and we expect all of them to evolve into leaders and professional experts of the future. Specialising in engineering or in commercial operations, you’ll enjoy carefully chosen placements, a well-established support network and professional development which includes formal study towards professional qualifications (where applicable).


Based in one of our engineering teams, you’ll undertake three placements, each designed to develop your skills and give you a broad insight into our work. We’ll also support you to achieving chartered status in your chosen discipline. You should be studying either a BEng or MEng in an Engineering or Physics discipline and be on-line to achieve a 2.2 or above.


As well as ‘trading’ energy and providing our services to industry partners, we also manage huge 3rd party contracts and a large portfolio of property and business acquisitions. All of which means there are plenty of careers open to you. Where applicable, we’ll support study towards professional qualifications. We look for a 2:1 degree, ideally in an Engineering or Business related discipline. However, we will consider other subjects, depending on the exact areas we’re recruiting into.

Application Procedure

Please refer to our website.

What is the salary?
A starting salary of £24,750 for those candidates with a bachelors degree ( or equivalent) or £25,750 for those with a Masters degree, plus a £2,000 welcome payment and £200 per month accommodation allowance whilst on the programme.
Where can I be expected to be located on the graduate programme?
It's difficult to say at the moment. We would ask you to be flexible for the duration of the programme to enable you to take up the variety of opportunities that are on offer.
How many places are you recruiting for this year and how many applications do you typically receive?
We are recruiting approximately 50 graduates this year across the technical and commercial disciplines. Applications have been in excess of 3,000 in the past.
What competencies do you look for at National Grid?
For each of our development programmes, we have four key competencies: Developing Self, Planning to Achieve, Business & Strategic Awareness and Building Relationships.