Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme 2021

Job Description

The Opportunity: We are recruiting for Engineer Apprentices across our Mechanical Maintenance, Electrical and Instrumentation specialisms

Location: You may apply if you are based within any of our Network regions (Northern Cumbria, the North East and much of Yorkshire)

Travel will be required to the Training Centre (with accommodation provided) in York

A competitive Salary of circa £16,000, with annual increases throughout your apprenticeship

Course duration: 4 years

Are these things important to you?

  • Being able to just be YOU
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Caring for local communities
  • Being able to make a difference
  • Learning how to maintain complex systems
  • Working outdoors in all weathers 24/7 365 day a year

If you answered yes to all of the above, we would love to hear from you.

So, who are we?

We are Northern Gas Networks.

We are a team of underground and overground heroes that keep our 2,700,000customers in the North of England 'cooking on gas'.

Our network is VAST and measures the same as travelling from our headquarters in Leeds, UK to Sydney, Australia...and then back again!

You will eventually be part of maintaining over 6000 pressure reduction installations and more than 1200km's of high pressure pipeline.

It's pretty mind-blowing, when you think about it..

However, we are not 'just pipes' either!

We care about our people, our communities and our planet.

Take our H21 project, for example. This project supports the conversion of the UK gas networks from natural gas to hydrogen. This will reduce carbon emissions in line with the UK commitment to achieve net zero by 2050... Talk about changing the future!

Or how about our recent Connecting Homes for Health project? This connected some of the most vulnerable in our society, with cold-related ill health/ respiratory conditions to the gas grid for the first time ever. Yes, ever!Because of our incredible workforce, they will now stay warm this winter (and we all know it's pretty cold up North)!

There has never been a more exciting time to apply for our Engineering Apprenticeships! NGN is an amazing place to build your career, because at NGN, you can be you and #ICanBeMe.

Forget about who you imagine an Engineer to be. Picture yourself instead.

You'll be great if you are:

  • Naturally curious
  • A problem-solver
  • Innovative
  • Calm under pressure
  • Customer-focused
  • A team player

We want you to embrace who you are and what makes you 'you'. It is our role to build on your very own natural qualities and provide you with the tools to succeed.

The only 'ask' from us, is that you meet the essential criteria for course entry:

Entry criteria for the apprenticeship is 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including English, Science and Maths which must be a grade 5.

You must also be aged 18+ to apply, due to important health and safety considerations for these roles

If you are unable to drive, not to worry, we will invest in you to obtain your full drivers' licence also!

Day-to-day, these are some of the things you will encounter as an NGN Engineer:

  • Responding to emergency situations
  • Repairing complex equipment on mechanical, electrical and instrumentation installations
  • Driving our NGN branded vehicles
  • Using a wide range of tools and specialist equipment
  • Using laptops, tablets and mobile phones to update your work progress
  • Working in remote locations
  • Wearing protective clothing and PPE
  • Working safely and efficiently often in the public eye

We are offering the below apprenticeships:

  • Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
  • Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship

Subject to course completion, you will then begin your career at NGN in one of the below specialisms:

  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation/ control

We will listen to you and assess you closely throughout our recruitment process and match you to the Engineering opportunity that is the best fit.

We are so excited that you are applying!

To apply:

Please submit your application by clicking 'apply' and following the steps.

No need to worry about a CV, instead, please submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words. You may attach your cover letter to your application form or alternatively, send this as a short video (size of file 150MB maximum).

instead to In the email 'subject' when sending your video, please put '2021 Engineering Apprenticeship Application'.

Whether you send a cover letter in video form, or written and uploaded to your application form, you must ensure that you have applied directly to our advert and submitted the application form.

If you do choose to send us a video, please just be yourself and there is no need to wear smart business/ interview attire!

However you choose to send your cover letter, it must answer the below 2 questions:

Why do you believe you will make a great Engineer?

Why do you want to work specifically for Northern Gas Networks?

Please also tell us where you heard about our vacancy at the beginning of your cover letter/ video!

Please note: we will request to see copies of your GCSE grades should you be selected for a 1st stage interview.

Should you have any queries prior to applying, please contact the Recruitment Team: FAO the Recruitment and Resourcing Manager

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We value diversity at NGN and this is embedded in everything that we do. We will be delighted to hear from a diverse range of applicants, so we can continue to grow our mind-blowingly great team of people.

Any applicants that require reasonable adjustments throughout the selection process/ further flexibility are able contact us directly to inform us of any additional support that is required.

We will be very happy to support and accommodate your requirements wherever we can.

We cannot wait to hear from you!