Substation Craftsperson Advanced Apprentice (Cheshire), Electricity Transmission


Apprenticeship summary

Would you like to work for a company that makes electricity happen for every single person in England and Wales? A company that invests billions in Net Zero and creating a brighter energy future?

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Closing date: March 8, 2024

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Date posted:
February 1, 2024
Possible start date:
September 9, 2024
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Our three-year Advanced Apprenticeship Substations will train you to become a technician in one of our 347 substations.

This role is based in and around Cheshire.

Our substations transform high-voltage electricity into low-voltage electricity, which can be used in homes and businesses. They also connect energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar farms, to the transmission network.  

Our technicians play a vital role in looking after our substations. Without their careful maintenance the safe, reliable supply of electricity simply could not happen. This apprenticeship will allow you to become one of them.  

You’ll be learning to do things like

  • Maintenance work on power transformers, main connections, and terminals.
  • You’ll be repairing different types of joints and working with things such as air systems, batteries, and environmental battery charger systems. 

You will follow strict safety guidelines and

  • Carry out the maintenance, repair, and monitoring of high-voltage substation equipment. This will include circuit breakers, transformers, disconnectors, compressors, and auxiliary systems. 

As you can probably tell, these apprenticeships are for people who really want to get stuck in. If that sounds like it might be you, we’d be very interested in receiving your application. 

Initially you will be at our National Training Centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire for your Induction period which is around six weeks, then periodically for technical training.

In the first year, you will spend 70% of your time at the Eakring Training Centre with the remaining 30% on site (gathering site-based experience).

Year two will be 50/50 at Eakring and on site and in the
third year 70% on site and 30% at Eakring training centre.

You will get a Level 3 Power Network Craftsperson qualification at the end of the 3 years.

Along side this you will be working towards a Level 3 EAL Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will join National Grid as a fully qualified craftsperson



National Grid is at the heart of the energy future, and our people are at the heart of National Grid. We’re 30,000 colleagues strong.  In the UK, National Grid 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. The world of energy is changing beyond recognition as we focus on building a cleaner, greener future. Working at National Grid, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.


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Power network craftsperson (level 3)