Frequently asked questions - Graduate Engineer Programme

It’s natural to have some burning questions; after all, applying to this programme could be the most important decision of your life!

1. What is the closing date for applications to the programme?

Our Graduate Programme is currently closed for applications. Submit a speculative CV using the 'job agent' on the 'search current openings' page and you can choose to receive a notification when we begin recruitment. You can also 'like' Electricity North West Careers on Facebook and receive updates direct to your news feed.

2. How long does the programme last?

18 months. It includes a combination of formal classroom training, coaching, mentoring and hands-on work placement experience.

3. What are the general working hours?

Our typical working week currently averages 37 hours, but your actual working hours will depend on your training programme and the role you obtain after successfully completing your training programme.

4. If I’m successful, when can I expect to start work?

Our programme commences in September each year.

5. What is the age limit to apply for the Graduate Engineer programme?

There is no age limit. We welcome applications from any candidate whose application meets the minimum criteria.

8. I've applied for the programme before and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again if you meet the minimum criteria.

9. Will you sponsor me to work in the UK?

We are delighted to accept applications from all candidates, however Electricity North West can't process work permit applications on behalf of candidates as we're not a registered sponsoring employer with the UK Border Agency.
You must have the right to work in the UK without sponsorship from Electricity North West.
You will need to state your eligibility to work in the UK on your application, and provide documentary evidence.

10. What will help me prepare for an assessment?

Preparation is key. Think about your experiences at work, during education or extracurricular activities and consider what you have learned and gained from each, and how these experiences might relate to the role you are applying for. It's good to have a variety of examples to hand and be prepared to explain your direct involvement in a particular situation. Remember to listen to what's being asked of you as this will enable you to demonstrate the skills you have and answer the question fully.

11. What is a competency based interview?

In this interview we’ll assess whether you have the skills and experience required to succeed on the programme. You’ll have the opportunity to tell us about your past experience and achievements, to help us to work out whether you've got the qualities we're looking for in our graduates.

12. Who can I contact if I have any additional requirements?

If you still have an unanswered question email our Talent & Resourcing team at

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