Advanced Apprentice - Operations, National Grid Ventures


Rochester, GB, ME3 0AR

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Requisition Number:  38147
Job Category:  Advanced Apprenticeships
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About the role


Being an Operational Apprentice is an exciting role based at Grain LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) where you will be exposed to three of our Operational departments to gain the knowledge and experience to become one of our LNG technicians, with the end game to be either working with our Permit team or eventually working within one of our six shift teams. 


During this 48-month programme, your key accountabilities include across the three team include: 


Gas Quality 

  • To learn how to provide process engineering support to the terminal shift operations team, to ensure accurate and consistent operations and to use engineering technical knowledge and data analysis to improve and enhance the terminal operations 
  • Assisting in the monitoring, analysis and reporting of site operational data; investigate plant performance issues and opportunities to enable improvement and innovation in the operation of the terminal 
  • Helping to undertake the engineering analysis and calculations of LNG terminal stock, ship cargos and terminal gas export. Undertake the planning and co-ordination of the terminal stock management with recommendations for action made in timely manner 



  • Assisting the onsite Isolation Engineers in performing plant isolations/ de-isolations for maintenance and operational outages. The role will primarily be out on the operational site where you will be performing purging operations, implementing isolation and de-isolations of plant, identifying/checking plant valves against P&ID’s.  



Working closely with the six operation teams, you will provide support daily to the duty shift team. There are three main roles within the operation team:  

  • Outside Technician – Responsible for operating utility equipment, checking the physical state of LNG assets, taking plant readings and checking alarms. When ships are at berth for unloading, you will support the ship connection and perform checks on the ship during the operation 
  • Road Tanker Technician – Supporting the loading of LNG tankers in our newest asset the Road Tanker loading facility 
  • Control Room Technician – Operating and controlling a state-of-the-art LNG facility remotely via a Honeywell DSC system.  Managing a number of processes including: the quality of gas leaving the site; tank pressures; Gas and LNG flow rates; alarm on a 24-hour basis

About you


As one of our Advanced Apprentices, we’ll help you develop your skills through a combination of practical work and academic study, all the while providing you with the passion, skills and knowledge you need to power all our futures.  


At every stage of this exciting role, you'll enjoy hands on support and the chance to develop your skills and learn brand new ones too.  You don’t need prior work experience; the determination and will to succeed is far more important as we will teach you everything you need to know. The role will provide you with a variety of skills including transferrable skills to support your career development within National Grid. 


You must have or be predicted to gain Five GCSE’s graded A-C / 4-9 or equivalent, three of which must be Maths, Science and English Language along with two others, or an Engineering Diploma/Qualification i.e., BTEC (grade pass) along with GCSE Maths and English Language graded A-C /4-9 or equivalent. 


You’ll have a full, valid driver’s licence 12 months after joining the programme or from your 17th birthday.  

What you'll get


We are proud to offer a starting salary of £19,328. 


As a first step to your career in the energy industry, our Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes are like no other!  You’ll gain an insight into how we work at National Grid, understand what a career with us can offer, and receive some great rewards and benefits: 


  • 25 days holiday + statutory holidays 
  • Pensions and share-option scheme  
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and one of our employee resource groups 
  • Flexible Benefits & Working    
  • Close mentorship and regular feedback  
  • Volunteering opportunities   


National Grid is committed to the personal development of our staff.  Joining us, you’ll be supported as you develop a wide range of business, and technical skills through structured training and on the-job experience. You’ll work closely with your line manager to establish and navigate through a Personal Development Plan that is tailored to your needs.

About us


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. 

Our values and principles 


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you require. 

Further Information


The closing date for this role is 26th February 2023, however, we encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure you obtain the place you want in the application process.  


Assessment centres will be held from March 2023


This role is subject to National Security Vetting (NSV) in addition to our standard background checks being undertaken. National Security Vetting requires that you meet the Minimum Residency Criteria (MRC). You will have lived continuously in the United Kingdom for the required period of time which is 5 years. 

At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.