If you’re a student or graduate looking to take your first leap into the energy and infrastructure sector, a graduate scheme could be the one. Offering real-world experiences, competitive salaries and the chance to make a real difference. Energy and Infrastructure graduate schemes are highly competitive, and we can see why! Don’t worry, here’s a lowdown on Energy and Infrastructure graduate schemes, internships, apprenticeships and even trainee schemes, ensuring you know how to apply and what the application process might entail.
What Energy and Infrastructure graduate schemes are there?
Many of the top firms to work for in the Energy sector offer respected graduate schemes and internships that will take you to the next step in your career. For example, oil industry giant BP offers an IT Service Engineer graduate scheme that's subject to a 2.1 degree in a science or engineering discipline. They also have a range of internships available that may see you take on digital roles like IT Business Analyst or Electrical or Civil Engineer. You will gain real-world project involvement, working alongside a knowledgeable team, have a wealth of responsibilities that will make an impact on the business, and earn a competitive salary.
Moving to Infrastructure, National Grid also offers graduate schemes and internships. Their graduate scheme is an 18-month programme made up of three, six-month placements available in departments including Engineering and Technical, Non-Technical and Commercial and Business Support. They look for a minimum 2.2 Bachelor's degree (discipline depends on a specific scheme), and someone who's driven to succeed, has a positive attitude and is inspired by opportunity.
As an undergraduate, their Cyber Security Internship is a perfect opportunity to have 12-weeks paid experience working on important projects, protecting the National Grid assets and learning how to manage the risk of cyber threats. All they ask is that you’re on track for a 2.1 degree in a computer or cybersecurity-related degree, you’re a well-rounded individual and someone who has a genuine impact on making a positive change. Browse Energy and Infrastructure internships.
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Are there any Energy and Infrastructure apprenticeships or trainee programmes?
What if you don’t want to take the higher education route? EDF Energy offers a range of apprenticeships in the nuclear business, engineering maintenance and chemistry apprenticeships. These four-year programmes allow you to be involved with the practical and technical side of your role and develop key attitudes and behaviours to succeed. See the latest Energy and Infrastructure industrial placements.
Infrastructure apprenticeships can also look into roles like a help desk Technician, IT Infrastructure Technician or Network support. This will teach you how to provide technical support for internal and external customers or clients, use tools to solve problems and understand non-routine problems. An apprenticeship in this sector gives you analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to use your initiative and how to communicate effectively in various situations.
What skills and attributes will I need to apply to Energy and Infrastructure graduate schemes?
- Ability to analyse problems and create solutions
- Team working skills
- Decision-making skills
- Numerical and data analytical skills
- Positive attitude
- Desire to learn & develop your skills
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When can I apply? And is there a typical application process?
Most top firms use rolling deadlines for their graduate programmes or internships, but make sure you keep an eye on the regularly updated list of Energy and Infrastructure graduate programmes, internships and other opportunities to stay updated. Onto the application process, graduate programmes may have a more in-depth application process compared to internships. But, prepare to face any of the following:
- Online application form
- Situational judgement questionnaire - you’re presented with realistic scenarios you could encounter while working there
- Psychometric tests that assess how you work with numerical and verbal information. Take our free Bright Network Academy practice tests to help you prepare for the real thing or learn more about psychometric tests.
- Assessment centre
- Virtual interview
- Technical interview - your time to demonstrate your technical skills with scenario-based interview questions).
What graduate Energy and Infrastructure opportunities am I eligible for?
For Energy and Infrastructure graduate programmes and internships, you will need to have graduated or be working towards a minimum 2.2 degree in a range of disciplines - most companies like to see science, computer or engineering-based disciplines, but may be open to others.
Apprenticeships or trainee schemes in the Energy and Infrastructure sector are perfect for those who want to take a more practical approach to the area. Most require a minimum of five GCSEs (grade C / 4 or 5) in mathematics, English and two science or technical subjects (or equivalent).
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If this sounds like your next step into a career in Energy or Infrastructure, look at the latest Energy and Infrastructure graduate programmes.