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"The company offers a lot of support for those with disabilities and National Grid is keen on inclusion and diversity. Knowing that your employer has understanding on your disability made me feel a lot better about developing and stepping out of my comfort zone."

Lindsay Spillsbury

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About Us

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.

At National Grid, we see ability rather than disability and enable everybody to reach their full potential. We help create an inclusive, diverse and disability aware workplace. We encourage employees to be able to talk about and disclose their disabilities and get the support they need to reach their potential. We also raise awareness to the different areas of the business to help make a difference.

We have an internal disability network called Enabling (Employee Resource Group) and we are proud participants of the Disability Confident employer and EmployAbility schemes (Employability – Let’s work together: an internship for young people with disabilities aged 17-25).





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We are one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities, focused on transmission activities in electricity and gas. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy they use - safely, reliably and efficiently.

Electricity: We own and operate the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. We operate but do not own the Scottish networks. Our networks comprise approximately* 7,200 kilometres (4,474 miles) of overhead line, 1,500 kilometres (932 miles) of underground cable and 342 substations.

Gas: We own and operate the gas National Transmission System (NTS) in Great Britain, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. Our network comprises approximately* 7,660 kilometres (4,760 miles) of high-pressure pipe and 618 aboveground installations.

Did you know?

National Grid is committed to building a truly inclusive culture which reflects the diverse communities we serve whilst also ensuring every employee is free to bring their whole self to work. One of our key values is respect and ensuring that we have a culture in which everyone can contribute, whilst also being able to raise concerns, which will be properly considered. We pride ourselves on seeing ability as opposed to disability, enabling everybody to reach their potential. We have a long-standing relationship with BDF, Inclusive Employers, Business in the Community and are a Disability Confident employer. We are also an active member of Midlands Ability Group — sharing best practice with a number of other industry leading organisations.

One of our proudest achievements is our EmployAbility scheme. It’s an employee-led Supported Internship programme for young people aged 17- 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) that began in 2013 as a partnership between National Grid and Round Oak Special Educational Needs School in Warwick. Its purpose is to raise aspirations and significantly improve the likelihood of a young person with learning disabilities achieving paid employment by the provision of supported work placements.

The programme has expanded outside National Grid with new schemes inspired by our programme already running at Severn Trent in Coventry, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation and Amey in Sheffield, and Yorkshire Water in Leeds and a number of other companies have been inspired to launch their own programmes later this year (2017).

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We have seen great success so far.

  • 192 young people attended “Work Inspiration” weeks
  • 65 Supported Internships
  • Partnerships with 11 special schools and colleges
  • Inspired at least seven external businesses so far to follow our model

Internship

  • 12-month industrial placements Take command over your career with a year in industry at National Grid. Over 12 months, you’ll cover two placements in departments across our business, having the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve been shaping at university in a cutting-edge work environment.

    We’re looking for passionate, curious and driven individuals to help us drive our business forward over one eye-opening year. Over 12 months, you’ll develop personally, gain invaluable professional experience, and set the foundation for future success. With unrivalled training, on-the-job learning and a guaranteed place on our Graduate Programme, this could be the start of a remarkable career for the right individuals.

    Entry Requirements:
    http://careers.nationalgrid.com/application/files/8115/1196/5284/2018_Undergraduate_Qualifications_2.pdf
  • 12-week summer internships Get ahead of the pack: on our 12-week Summer Internship, consolidate the skills you’ve been building at university with valuable on-the-job training, in an environment that fosters expression and encourages personal contribution.

    We’re looking for driven individuals keen to explore what our industry can offer. Throughout, you’ll be closely supported by your manager. You’ll receive a competitive salary and holiday allowance and, most importantly you’ll be guaranteed a place on our Graduate Programme if you meet your targets. Each placement offers a unique insight into a different area at National Grid – giving you the chance to get a taste for how you could kick-start your career here.

    Entry Requirements:
    http://careers.nationalgrid.com/application/files/8115/1196/5284/2018_Undergraduate_Qualifications_2.pdf

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Additional Opportunities

  • Advanced Apprenticeships If you’ve completed, or nearly completed your GCSE’s, then our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme will be perfect for you. Through a combination of formal studying and practical application, you’ll develop the skills and sharpen the knowledge that’ll set you up to lead us into the future.

    Our first year Technical and Engineering apprentices spend time at the National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, completing a mix of safety and basic technical training.

    Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to building technical skills, spending time at our academy centres or Aston University and learning on the job with the support of your manager, completing a work-log of practical on-site activities. Depending on the apprenticeship you take, you will gain a City & Guilds Diploma, a BTEC or HND level qualification.

    Our Advanced Apprenticeship schemes extend over a third or even fourth year depending on the business area, where you’ll get even more exposure to live projects. You’ll spend up to 75% of your time on-site, putting the skills and knowledge you have gained into practice and building a portfolio of experience to further your career with us.

    Skills for life, top qualifications and an opportunity to shape the future of energy. As a National Grid Apprentice, you’ll be part of an organisation that has ambitious, world-changing plans for the future – and you’ll be well rewarded for playing your part. From a Power Network Craftsperson Advanced Apprenticeship L3 qualification worth approximately £20,000, to world-class opportunities for training and development, working here comes with some incredible perks.

    Entry requirements:
    http://careers.nationalgrid.com/application/files/7815/1315/0705/2018_Apprentice_Qualifications_2.pdf
  • Higher Apprenticeship Through a combination of formal studying and learning how to put what you’ve learnt into practice, you can achieve a Foundation degree or level 4 qualification – dependent on business area – and set your career on the right track.

    Our first year Technical and Engineering apprentices spend time at the National Training Academy in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, completing a mix of safety and basic technical training.

    If you’re part of the IT or Capital Delivery teams, your first year will be spent working alongside managers and colleagues, developing a sound understanding of your business area, before rotating across teams to understand how they work together.

    Year two involves continuing with academic qualifications and continuing to building technical skills, spending time at our academy centres or Aston University and learning on the job with the support of your manager.

    Some of our schemes extend over a third year. You’ll spend most of your time on site, putting your training into practice and setting the foundation you need to go far.

    Entry Requirements:
    http://careers.nationalgrid.com/application/files/7815/1315/0705/2018_Apprentice_Qualifications_2.pdf

Tips for applying

The best piece of advice we could give you is to not consider that you have a disability and don’t let that affect your application. We do not look at anyone with a disability differently. We are looking for any individual with the talent, drive and motivation for the roles we are offering in 2018.

  • We are more than happy to support you in any way to offer you the opportunity to join our New Talent Programmes. Do not let any stage of the process put you off as we can offer adjustments for all the stages of your application.
  • Throughout the process we provide the competencies and personal qualities we are looking for so you can prepare yourself for each stage well. These let you know what we are assessing you on so you can think of examples of how you meet these.
  • We are available directly. We are available by telephone, email and online chat to answer any questions you may have

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Recruitment Adjustments

We are more than happy to offer support and adjustments to candidate during the recruitment process. You can speak to a member of the New Talent Programmes Team at any time to request adjustments and get guidance for your application. Please contact us on the following:

(01926) 654630 – Monday to Friday 0800 – 16:00

Box.HRResourcing.Graduate.Careers@nationalgrid.com Graduate and Undergraduates

Box.HRResourcing.ApprenticeCareers@nationalgrid.com Apprenticeships

  • Extra time to complete Online Tests We have supported individuals with disabilities in the past by offering extra time with the Online Ability Tests.
  • Face-to-face interviews We have also carried out face-to-face interviews instead of telephone interviews for individuals with hearing difficulties.
  • Assessment Centres At our Assessment Centres we have offered extra time for individuals with disabilities and ensure that our venues are fully accessible for all.

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    Lindsay Spillsbury, HR Resourcing – Brand & Attraction Specialist "The company offers a lot of support for those with disabilities and National Grid is keen on inclusion and diversity. Knowing that your employer has understanding on your disability made me feel a lot better about developing and stepping out of my comfort zone."

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