Graduate Vacancies: 21 (2018)
Internships: 3 (2018)
What does your organisation do?
In every moment energy is rolling over hills, winding through valleys, travelling across the country, and finding its way to our fingertips, on demand – and it’s up to us to keep people connected.
Through our energy transmission network, we connect millions safely and reliably to the energy they need. It’s this purpose that drives us forward. Join us and, together, we’ll work to build a more sustainable, better connected future.
National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow.
In the UK, we 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.
What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you recruit?
- Digital Risk & Security
- Safety, Sustainability and Resilience
- Electricity Transmission
- Gas Transmission
- System Operator
- LNG Engineer
- High Voltage Direct Current
- Junior Quantity Surveyor
- Junior Land Officer (Surveyor)
How do you create an inclusive workforce?
At National Grid, culture, diversity and inclusivity aren’t just buzzwords we bounce around; they’re part of the fabric of our organisation, shaping every aspect of how we approach what we do. It’s our duty to connect communities across the United Kingdom to energy. And – to do that properly – our teams should reflect the people we serve.
Diversity encourages new ideas and fresh perspectives; it stimulates engagement and helps attract top talent. That’s why we’re striving to break down barriers to recruitment development, progression and retention.
From our employee resource groups that do everything from attracting minority candidates to acting as mentors internally, to our culture of celebrating talent and achievement, you’ll be given every opportunity to reach your potential here, regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability or background.
We’ve been recognised as one of the World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies, placed in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers, and awarded Business in the Community Platinum Plus status. But we’re not ready to rest on our laurels just yet. Creating a culture of inclusivity, acceptance and celebration is an ongoing mission, and one we’re always working on.
Top 5 tips for applying for a role at National Grid
- Make sure you demonstrate your passion for the role you are applying for.
- Think of examples not just from your studies but things you do outside of academia, including voluntary work, sports and societies and any part time jobs.
- Don’t be put off if you have not gained any industry experience, this is hard to get and very competitive and we don’t expect you to know everything already.
- Complete the online tests in a quiet environment where you cannot get interrupted and take part in practise tests before completing the real ones so you know what to expect.
- Think of examples of the competencies you receive if you are invited to take part in a telephone interview or assessment centre so you can demonstrate how you meet these. Also research the STAR Technique for answering questions as this is the most effective way of structuring responses.
Name: Samantha Webb
Job Title: Linesman
Engineering Discipline: Apprentice
Within the day of a linesman there is a lot of variety and one of my favourite parts about doing jobs is that no two towers are the same, they may look very similar but the locations are always different. My favourite place to work is just outside of London as you have fantastic views over the countryside. I knew the job was going to be more physical, which is one aspect I really enjoy. From a young age I’ve always been very active, involved in things like the air cadets. The guys in my team are fantastic; I have never been treated as if I was an outsider and our differences are actually beneficial, that’s why we work in a team. I would love to get more girls into this job as there are many others who love doing more physical/outdoor work as much as me.
Name: Alex Bendix
Job Title: Development Engineer
Engineering Discipline: Project Management
I’ve been with National Grid for four years; I started on the Graduate Scheme and rotated through three different roles. Three years on and I’m now a Development Engineer for OHL and cable schemes, ensuring there is a robust design to enable a project to move into construction. Coming out to the Graduates was relatively straightforward as there were many social events in the first few weeks of the scheme and everyone was naturally interested in each other’s lives and backgrounds. You never stop coming out at work but I’ve found that the majority of my colleagues and managers take an interest in me as a person and are interested in my life outside of work. This promotes a very friendly atmosphere which as such it is a much easier process to come out.
Name: Senamiso Mathobela
Job Title: Power System Control Engineer, Electricity Transmission Asset Management
Engineering Discipline: Electricity
I am really proud to be the first fully authorised female Power System Control Engineer (CE) in our Transmission Network Control Centre (TNCC). I have always wanted to be an engineer. My inspiration came from my best friend’s dad who worked at a power station. He would talk about how he was making a difference and keeping the lights on. I joined National Grid in 2009 as an Assistant Transmission Dispatch Engineer, working at the Electricity National Control Centre. When the TNCC was created, I took the opportunity to join.
To become fully qualified and authorised to work at the TNCC, I had eight months of training – technical classroom-based sessions as well as sessions on the transmission simulator.
Being a Power System Control Engineer, I feel that I make a difference to the lives of so many people, who depend on the availability of electricity for everyday activities. Electricity is taken for granted when it’s available, but its absence has a significant impact on everyone. I am so proud to be part of the team that ‘keeps the lights on’.