Higher Apprentice - Finance


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

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Requisition Number:  38160
Job Category:  Higher Apprenticeship Programme
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About the role



Our Finance apprenticeship scheme is an alternative route to university and provides you with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary whilst gaining experience & knowledge across a number of different finance teams and studying to achieve an accountancy qualification.  



Our Finance function delivers the insights that drive our financial outperformance and long-term value. We engage with all areas of the National Grid business reporting on performance and acting as partners to aid in decision making.  



On the programme, you’ll gain exposure to different parts of our business and be an integral part of the team from the start. The finance function plays an important role across a number of areas, and you’ll be actively involved in the following: 



  • playing an integral part in business decision making 
  • planning, budgeting and forecasting 
  • reporting and commentary 
  • maintaining strong controls and financial integrity 
  • supporting business and finance initiatives to drive performance and efficiencies 
  • understanding of the finance systems and data structures 



Through the finance apprenticeship programme, you will undertake a 2-year Level 4 apprenticeship which upon successful completion will lead into a 3-year Level 7 apprenticeship. Throughout both apprenticeships you will undertake a number of placements with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of roles across different types of finance teams. 



The Level 4 apprenticeship will include placements within the transactional/general accounting team based in our Warwick office where you will develop your base level finance knowledge and technical skills. This will usually include:  



  • Transactional level accounting, journals and cost centre management 
  • Integrity of the numbers – ensuring the right costs are in the right place at the right time 
  • Understanding of the finance systems and data structures 


During your two years, you’ll also take part in various off the job training to develop your skills and you will also study towards an accountancy qualification through a dedicated training provider. 



About you



Finance is a crucial function of National Grid and affects every aspect of the company so you will need to be a good communicator and be able to engage with people at every level. An interest in Finance and is a must but more important is your commitment and enthusiasm to learn and develop and a passion and drive to succeed.  



You don’t need prior work experience or finance-based A-Levels; we will teach you everything you need to know to have a successful and rewarding career in Finance. 



You’ll need GCSE’s in Maths & English at grade 5 or higher, and 2 A-Levels at Grade C or higher (or equivalent) in any discipline. 



What you'll get



We are proud to offer a starting salary of £22,000. 



As a first step to your career in the energy industry, our Higher 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: 



  • Kick-start bonus of £500 
  • 25 days’ holiday plus statutory bank holidays 
  • an accommodation allowance for the first 18 months 
  • a competitive pension scheme and a number of flexible benefits to name just a few 



The apprenticeship scheme incorporates excellent training opportunities to support you with your career and personal development. You will be supported financially with completing your professional qualification and you will be entitled a number of study days per year, depending on the number of exams you sit. Best of all, upon successful completion of the Level 4 apprenticeship, and if you have delivered excellent performance, you may be offered our Level 7 apprenticeship where you can continue your finance career journey. 

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. 



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.