Graduate scheme

£33,154 - £34,300

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.

About the role

Strategic Infrastructure delivers major strategic UK electricity transmission projects, focused on connecting more clean, low-carbon power to England and Wales. Strategic Infrastructure is a part of National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) and is responsible for delivering 17 major new projects to connect more clean, low-carbon power to the transmission network in England and Wales. These projects play a vital part in achieving the UK Government’s ambition of connecting 50GW of offshore wind by 2030. They will be delivered under the regulator’s Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) framework.

As well as these 17 projects, Strategic Infrastructure will also focus on the early-stage development of other strategic infrastructure that Ofgem has requested.

As a Graduate Consents Officer you will work collaboratively with the Consents team, you will ensure that the project consents are delivered economically, and in accordance with current legislation, regulations and guidance. You would be following internal best practice, process, and guidance to ensure that specification, program cost, and National Grid’s reputation continues to be enhanced. You will lead, manage and co-ordinate the delivery of minor project consents and allocated consenting activities for major projects. You would be responsible for challenging, advising and guiding project teams in relation to the design and development of projects, specifically the program, cost and reputational impacts of making changes to the aforementioned. You will prepare, update and effectively communicate comprehensive Consents (& Land) Strategies for projects and be responsible for ensuring that project resource requirements are identified, procured and sufficiently embedded within the project team ahead of need. You will proactively manage the project consents resource and provide current financial information to the Project Manager, ensuring value for money and appropriate challenge into the project teams to deliver this. You will also ensure that project specific good practice and lessons learnt are identified, properly recorded for the purposes of consenting process improvement and formulation of positions and guidance for Consents Officers and the wider business conducive to obtaining project consents and undertaking stakeholder engagement. You will escalate more complex consents issues to and obtain support from senior colleagues (Senior Consents Officers) where necessary and proactively develop relevant skills and consistently build capability in the consenting and environmental assessment disciplines conducive to more effective project delivery.

What you'll need

You'll need to achieve a 2.1 degree; however it doesn’t matter when you got this or if you are currently working towards it. We just need you to be eager to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting. Your degree and education background should be in an Environment, Planning or Geography discipline.

Flexibility to travel and/or work unsupervised will be required on occasion throughout the placement.

Ideally you would have a valid UK Driving License.


This role has multiple vacancies that are based in Warwick and Leeds. All of these vacancies offer flexible, hybrid working.

We care about your wellbeing and want you to get the best out of your working environment, so our future for office-based teams is hybrid. Hybrid working is a mix between home and office working. Flexibility is the key, what’s important is that it meets the needs of the colleague and the business, and that you agree the best approach for you and your team with your manager.

Application Deadline

We recruit on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close our vacancies once we have enough applications. 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 December 2023 onwards.

What you'll get

We are proud to offer a starting salary of £33,154 (Bachelor’s) or £34,300 (Master’s).

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

  • £2,000 bonus, once joined and started on programme
  • 26 days holiday
  • £2,400 payment on successful completion of the programme
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business, and additional annual leave for when you move between placements plus assistance with moving personal belongings
  • Cost of living allowance (inner London, Metropolitan and Outer Metropolitan areas)
  • Other benefits include pension and share-option schemes, Flexible Benefits, close mentorship and regular feedback, and volunteering opportunities

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£33,154 - £34,300

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