Higher Apprentice - Substation Engineer - Various locations

Closing date: 
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 00:00
National Grid
United Kingdom


Qualification Requirements:

You will need to have a GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent) with one of the following: 

  • 2 A Levels A* - C (1 must be in either Maths OR Physics)
  • BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • ONC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Grade Merit or Distinction (Essential the Maths modules should be at Merit or Distinction)
  • HNC/HND in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering Grade Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Degree in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering discipline


National Grid own and operate the electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operate (but don't own), the two high voltage electricity transmission networks in Scotland and have responsibility for the offshore electricity transmission regime.

ETO (Electricity Transmission Owner) delivers a world class day to day operation of our network defined by; excellence in safety, reliability and productivity for our customers. It delivers the work plan to maintain and repair the system in the most cost-effective and safe way and also ensures efficient work delivery to ensure cost efficiency and meet challenges set through external regulatory bodies.

Our transmission systems are made up of approximately 7,200km of overhead lines, approximately 1,400km of underground cable and 335 substations. These all serve to connect sources of electricity generation to the distribution system. Day-to-day operation of the network ensures that demand is fulfilled, meaning we transmit a safe, secure and dependable supply of energy across the country.

About the role

As a Higher Apprentice Engineer, working at your current level of training, you would be ensuring the continued safe and reliable operation of the electricity transmission network through the efficient maintenance of substation assets.

Key tasks and areas of work

Whilst on programme, Higher Apprentice Substation Engineers can typically expect to:

Year 1

Shadow experienced craftsperson's and engineers in site work

Interpret engineering drawings

Experience major outages and faults including

Transformer and Circuit breaker maintenances

Year 2

Involvement in planning of outages

Shadowing experienced protection engineers

Pass safety authorisation to become Competent Persons

Year 3

Undertake Authorised Persons and Senior Authorised Persons training and site based homework

Outage planning


The Higher Apprentice Engineer programme has been designed specifically to develop new trainees into site based supervisor roles within Electricity Transmission Owner delivery. These are based within a number of National Grid substation sites around the UK

The programme is 36 months in duration and features a blended learning approach including;

  • On job experiences - structured specifically by the team leader and mentor. This may involve shadowing and delivering day to day work activities. The log book aims to structure and reflect on this learning
  • Academy specialist training (Eakring, Nottinghamshire) - National Grid Academy technical, safety and professional training modules delivered by qualified delivery staff. These modules are a selection of business specific and general training modules
  •  Academic qualification - Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electricity Transmission) with Aston University
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