Higher Apprentice - Electricity Network Management - National Grid, Warwick

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  • Ref no.: 15545
  • Region: West Midlands


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 is part of the UK’s National Infrastructure as defined by the government. It provides an essential service which life in the UK depends. Electricity is the lifeblood of our society – without it, the things we take for granted like turning on the lights and heating our homes would be impossible, and everyday life would grind to a halt. It’s a responsibility the Electricity Transmission Owner (ETO) takes on with pride, as we Bring Energy to Life.

The ETO is the Transmission Directorate that owns and operates the high-voltage electricity transmission system across England and Wales; it is made up of approximately 7,200km of overhead lines, approx. 1,400km of underground cables and circa 335 substations. These all serve to safely and securely connect sources of electricity generation to the electricity transmission network.

About the role

The Portfolio Planner role is a mixture of formal training and managed office based experience where you will be able to put into practice the new skills you are developing and acquiring throughout the programme. This role is a dynamic and varied role, requiring advanced organisation skills, stakeholder management skills and a keen drive to take ownership and make intelligent decisions to support National Grid’s outputs. 

At the start of the programme you will learn how Network Management operates and you will receive a detailed insight into the processes, procedures, systems and working practices which ensures Network Management successfully delivers National Grid’s outputs.

You will be assigned to a Portfolio Planning zone giving you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills required to become a Portfolio Planner. Through this placement you will gain the knowledge in order to undertake robust decision making, ensuring successful delivery of the portfolio of works.

Key tasks and areas of work

You will perform a fundamental role that is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of a portfolio of work; from managing resources and Electricity System Outages through to delivering national change initiatives that have the potential to impact the successful delivery of work.

You will also build relationships with a range of stakeholders who are based in the office and out on site.

Once qualified you will be able to:

  • Ensure timely safety risk assessments are initiated where maintenance has been deferred and assess and manage any constraints to determine any mitigating actions which are required to meet area targets and ensure plan deliverability
  • Plan and manage the work allocation for resources that are planned on a national level ensuring the plans are fully optimised
  • Be accountable for both resource and outage planning ownership – authority of work to be included or removed from the plan
  • Monitor progress against business outcome targets, owning and ensuring all decisions satisfy outcomes and are made visible to all areas of the business
  • Evaluate costs, risks and performance.


Whilst undertaking the role, the successful candidate will be required to represent Network Management at all levels within the organisation – leading and driving decisions. This is a particularly varied high profile role where no two days are the same.

It is an exciting fast paced environment to work within, where the decisions made by individuals and teams have a real impact on business outcomes delivering value for the business and our customers.

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