Higher Apprentice - People & Culture/HR


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  39116
Job Category:  Higher Apprenticeship Programme
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About the role


Our Human Resources Higher Apprenticeship scheme in the People Function is an alternative route to university and provides you with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary whilst gaining on the job experience & knowledge across different teams whilst studying to achieve your professional Level 5 CIPD qualification.  


Our People function enables the business to deliver on its strategic priorities through ensuring we have the right people, in the right place at the right time with the correct capabilities required to add value and drive action. We set the group strategy on talent, recruitment, performance management, employee relations, DEI, reward, culture, colleague communication and engagement as well as partnering directly with the business to ensure they are set up for success.  


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


  • Understanding the HR systems, policies, and processes, support the delivery of cyclical BAU activities, and support the delivery of key HR processes  
  • Analyse engagement results and help the business to develop action plans to further drive engagement across teams, and report on people data and driving insights  
  • Work with different centres of excellence and business stakeholders to develop toolkits, and provide services to the core business in the delivery of generalist and specialist HR services 
  • Provide internal and external insights to help facilitate thought leadership, playing an integral part in business decision making 
  • Support on key people projects and activities 


Through the People Function Apprenticeship Programme, you will undertake a 2-year Level 5 apprenticeship which upon successful completion will lead into a permanent role within National Grid’s staff structure.  You’ll complete 4, six-month placements around the People Function during the 2-year programme. 


The Level 5 apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to experience different teams in the business and will include placements within the centres of excellence and business partnering teams based in our Warwick office where you will develop your base level Human Resources knowledge and technical skills. 


During your two years you will 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


If you are a good communicator who is able to engage with people and has an interest in Human Resources, then this could be the role for you!   


The People function is crucial the success of National Grid as people are our superpower and ensuring we have the right people with the right skills affects every aspect of the company.  


You will need to be a good communicator and be able to engage with people at every level. An interest in Human Resources 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 specific A-Levels; we will teach you everything you need to know to have a successful and rewarding career in the People Function. 


To apply for this role, you’ll have a minimum: 


  • GCSEs in Maths & English at grade 5 or higher 
  • 2 A-Levels at Grade C or higher, or equivalent 

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: 


  • 25 days annual leave  + statutory holidays  
  • Pension scheme and Sharesave options  
  • Two years quality and development  


National Grid is committed to the personal development of our staff.  Joining us, you’ll be supported as you develop a wide range of 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

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.