Systems and Technology Graduate Trainees

Western Power Distribution
United Kingdom
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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About Us

Western Power Distribution is a 6500 strong team of operational and support staff constructing, maintaining, repairing and upgrading the electricity distribution network that serves 7.9 million customers across the Midlands, South Wales and the South West.

We keep the lights on in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff and we take power to the furthest reaches of our rural landscape across the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and the Peak District.

As owners and operators of one of the largest electricity distribution networks in the UK, we take great care in looking after every element, from underground cables to overhead lines and substations operating from 230V to 132kV.

If this is your opportunity to join us, you’ll find we offer a supportive, rewarding and friendly working environment where you’ll be empowered to build a career. Along the way, you’ll be invested in, be enabled by the latest technology and find that we’re always interested in evolving our systems and processes so that we get even better, every day.

In return, you’ll enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. Everyone here enjoys a competitive salary, generous annual leave allowance, company pension scheme, protective clothing where required, an Employee Assistance Programme and a managed back care programme.

Western Power Distribution is an equal opportunities employer, a Disability level 1 Employer and a corporate signatory of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) programme. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.

Job Introduction

Every day, our capable teams face enormous challenges to bring power to life.  They are supported in doing so with great training, a culture where everyone is valued, real career potential, a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Recruiting the best and brightest is essential to ensuring we maintain and build on our reputation for excellent customer service and network performance.  As a result we continue to value and invest in our trainees and graduates as the future of our business.

Our employees enjoy a supportive culture where they are valued and encouraged and their views are listened to.

The 18 month training programme offers a blend of hands on and office based learning, including spending valuable time within various teams, gaining real insight into how our business works.  Flexibility is required as these placements will vary in length and can be based at any of our locations.  You will also benefit from formal courses designed to support your development.

There has never been a better time to be a part of the energy industry.  Our industry continues to evolve and innovate like never before! We are innovating planning and developing exciting new ideas and projects that aim to accommodate increased network demands.  We are committed to attracting and investing in talented people who will ensure we continue to deliver on our customer promises.

As a Systems & Technology Graduate you may be working in:

Digitalisation & Data - This is a relatively new department within the organisation responsible for the implementation and delivery of our Digitalisation Strategy and Action Plan, focused on improved data management, increased network insight and operation and ensuring data is presumed open. Improving our data and delivering our digitalisation commitments are key to further improving business efficiency, driving enhanced performance, turning data into information that benefits customers, providing open data to market participants, producing better insight into asset capability for customers planning to connect new loads, storage, or generation, or developing new connection and service propositions

Network Strategy - The Network Strategy team is responsible for identifying the long term strategic development of the electricity distribution network. This team would be a great fit if you are self-motivated and have a clear knowledge of the principles and issues associated with EHV network design. The ability to present information in a clear and reasoned way, together with an open yet analytical approach to problem solving, and good computer skills would also be an advantageous for this team.

Control Systems - The team are key players in shaping the strategy for becoming a Distribution System Operator.  They are responsible for management, functionality and development of all real time computer systems used to manage the electricity networks. Effective liaison with internal customers and external contractors, at a variety of management levels, is a key part of delivering these services so the ability to communicate clearly and build relationships is also very important.

IT - Our IT team are vital to our business in many ways.  Not only do they assist their colleagues across the business by supporting and enabling everything from desktop computers and networking to managing infrastructure, they also take care of cyber security and develop applications too.  How they do that is just as important: our IT teams provide services that are bespoke, cost-effective, secure and reliable. They also look ahead to see how IT can help the business to implement strategy and be an enabler for both efficiency and success.

We have offices across our 4 licence areas including Bristol, Castle Donington, Cardiff, Tipton and many more.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to complete and provide a satisfactory basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.  In addition, due to the sensitive nature of some of our roles, you may be required to undergo National Security Vetting (Security Check).  If these additional security checks are required and to meet National Security Vetting requirements, you will need to evidence that you have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.

Please note, whilst we anticipate that the permanent position following your training will be based in the relevant team, this is not guaranteed and you may be required to apply for a substantive role elsewhere within the business.

Please only submit ONE application (for your preferred role)  Should you wish to be considered for other areas this can be discussed at a later stage of the recruitment process.  Those who submit more than one application will be contacted to confirm their preference and withdrawn from the other roles.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for forward thinking Graduates who are curious, ambitious, committed and want to be challenged in order to develop their skills and knowledge.

You will need to have gained (within the last 2 years) or be predicted to attain, a minimum of a 2:1 degree or a masters at Merit or above, in one of the following subjects:

  • Mathematics or Statistics
  • Economics
  • Data / Computer Science
  • Digital, ICT or Computer Studies
  • Electrical/Electronic/Combined or Power Engineering

If you are looking to apply your degree to a career in an empowering, supportive culture you will discover that electricity distribution offers all the career-building challenges you are looking for!

As well as your degree you should also have excellent numerical, problem-solving and all round communication skills along with the capacity to develop your technical knowledge.

You will be asked to complete 3 ability assessments as part of your application.  Please note we do not recommend these are undertaken on a mobile device.

Should you need any reasonable adjustments to enable you to undertake the assessments please email

If you are successful in progressing through the stages of the selection process we may ask you to take part in a video interview, assessment centre or face to face interview. 


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