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.

You will be part of a team providing an expert land rights service and you’ll will get the opportunity to understand the importance of securing land rights within the context of a new infrastructure project. In the role you’ll have exposure and involvement in the delivery of start to finish land activities for New Infrastructure projects, including securing access to land for survey, securing land rights, and the negotiation of compensation settlements. You will be contract managing suppliers to deliver a high quality lands service and gain an experience of working within multidisciplinary teams (engineering, legal, consenting) as well as all internal and external stakeholders to support overall project delivery from a Lands lens. You will gain experience in project, programme, risk, contract and financial management, including accurate and timely customer reporting. You will secure understanding and knowledge of the legal and regulatory lands related parameters that National Grid work within, including the range of statutory powers available. You will also gain understanding and knowledge of the consenting regimes and processes relevant to complex linear projects is preferred. This includes the Planning Act (2008) Development Consent Order and Compulsory Purchase Order processes and practice including the compensation code.

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, Geography or lands related 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 is based in Leeds and offers 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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