The programmes are run by National Grid, which sits at the heart of the energy system, connecting millions of individuals, households and businesses to the energy they use. National Grid has estimated that there are 400,000 roles that need to be filled across the energy sector to achieve net zero by 2050. The deficit represents a huge challenge for the energy sector, but a great opportunity for young people already passionate about tackling climate change.
Apprentices will be key to filling these roles, which will include connecting low carbon sources of energy to the network; preparing for the wide-spread roll out of electric vehicles and low-carbon heat; and innovating across new technologies needed for an increasingly flexible energy system. This year, National Grid is aiming to increase its 2024 apprenticeship intake by 18%.
National Grid is now recruiting for its apprenticeship programmes which offer opportunities to foster and shape the skills needed for a secure, affordable and clean energy future through a mix of studying and hands-on experience.
Derek Thomas MP said:
“Energy sector apprenticeships enable young people to become part of the generation delivering the UK’s clean energy transition. Through a mix of studying at university and practical training at National Grid’s first-class facilities in Eakring, apprentices can develop life-long skills and kickstart a meaningful career.
“I encourage anyone looking for a job that will provide on-going training and development, and contribute to creating a secure, affordable and clean energy future, to explore these schemes today.”
Jade Kimpton, National Grid Apprentice said:
“There's never been a more critical time to join the energy sector and be part of the clean energy transition. In the years ahead we’ll need more people with different experiences to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy.
“My National Grid Level 4 higher apprenticeship will lay the foundation for me to become a substation engineer, through a mix of working directly on substation equipment, training opportunities, and lead to a foundation degree in Electrical Power engineering.”
“Whether you’re looking for something that’s hands-on and practical, or more office based, there’s an apprenticeship in the energy sector for everyone.”
National Grid is the first apprenticeship provider to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted on three consecutive inspections.
The deadline for applying to National Grid’s apprenticeship programmes is March 2024. jobs.nationalgrid.com