Hunt for the next generation of engineers in North East

Northern Powergrid's network comprises more than 61,000 substations, 29,000 km of overhead line and 62,000 km of underground cable, covering an area of more than 25,000 sq km.
Northern Powergrid's network comprises more than 61,000 substations, 29,000 km of overhead line and 62,000 km of underground cable, covering an area of more than 25,000 sq km.

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the electricity network in the North East, is creating a new generation of energy-industry engineers.

The company, which manages the network that delivers electricity to the doors of more than 3.9million homes and businesses in the region, is looking for 30 people to join its 2015 Graduate and Technical Staff Trainee Engineer Programme and Trainee Engineer (Foundation Degree) Programme.

The 30 places are part of a wider recruitment drive over the next eight years by Northern Powergrid which will see more than 800 people start a new career in the region’s energy industry.

The Trainee Engineer (Foundation Degree) Programme is a three-year tailored programme which starts with a Northern Powergrid-funded two-year Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering. The third year is spent as a trainee engineer gaining a broad range of experience through placements across Northern Powergrid’s business as well as completing formal courses.

The two-year Graduate and Technical Staff Trainee Engineer Programme offers those with a degree in engineering, or an HNC/HND or equivalent in electrical engineering, training and development to help progress their career. Graduates spend 18 months learning about all the engineering opportunities in an electricity distribution company, from operations to design and asset management, before completing an extended placement in their chosen specialism. The programme ensures that they are fully trained to join Northern Powergrid on a full-time, permanent basis.

Lindi Hutchinson, director of human resources at Northern Powergrid, said: “Over the next eight years, we will be delivering a £3billion investment programme to improve the quality and reliability of the region’s electricity network. We want to attract a new generation of engineers to be part of this important journey for our business and our customers. They will strengthen our existing team of skilled engineers and help ensure we continue to have a workforce ready to deliver now and in the future.

“Our programmes have been designed to help people learn what it is like to be part of a customer-focused, 24/7 business. They will earn while developing the knowledge, skills and experience to progress their career and become professional energy-industry engineers.”

Interested candidates should visit www.northernpowergrid.com/careers to find out more about entry requirements and complete an online application form. Applications close on Tuesday, May 19.