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Join our award-winning apprenticeship programme

Our application process has now closed, recruitment for 2024 intake will open in January 2024.

Winner of DfE Apprenticeship awards 2023 in the Large Employer in Partnership with a Training Provider category.

Winner of the Special Award for Diversity and Inclusion, Department for Economy DfE Apprenticeship Awards 2023.

Why join the NIE Networks Programme?

The only IET accredited apprenticeship programme in Northern Ireland

Earn while you learn, no student debt

Entry salary of c£15,900+ depending on role with set milestones for pay progression

Salary of £29,000+ upon completion

34 days leave rising to 36 days (on service)

Professionally accredited qualification in a dynamic industry

Award winning apprenticeship programme with bespoke training facilities and specialised instructors

Salary Sacrifice Pension with up to 8% employer contributions

Who are we looking for?

  • You must be 16 years old or above at start date (September 2023)
  • You hold or expect to achieve 3 GCSE's (or equivalent) at Grades 3-9 (Grade D-A*) including Mathematics, English Language and a STEM related subject (Prior to start date in September).
  • OR Level 2 Essential Skills qualification

We accept and welcome diversity in all areas – if you can do the job, we want you.

Personal development and career progression

At NIE Networks we want the best. The energy industry is moving at pace and we're leading the way to a 100% renewable future.

We need passionate, enthusiastic problem solvers who can work well in a team and use their own ingenuity to help us transform the grid for the future.

If that's you then we want you to be the best you can be. We want to find out where your strengths lie and what it is that you really want - and then we'll help you carve your way to get there.

There is no ceiling in NIE Networks. We have a staff retention rate of 97% and a quarter of our senior management team started their careers with us as apprentices. Be the Transformation - join us today.


Your health and wellbeing

To get the best out of you we need to look after your health and wellbeing so we have initiatives in place to do just that.

  • Access to private medical cover
  • Free GP helpline service
  • Confidential counselling helpline
  • Free eye tests and eyecare vouchers
  • Hybrid working opportunities
  • Childcare support scheme *subject to eligibility
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme (£3k limit)
  • Option to purchase up to 5 days additional holiday
  • Health and wellbeing forum
  • Health assessments made available

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our FAQ’s for full details about the Apprenticeship Programme.


Apprentice roles for 2023

In 2023 we’re bringing on board 27 apprentices who will work in the below areas.

Overhead Lines

I’ve got a head for heights

The construction, maintenance and refurbishment of the distribution and transmission overhead line network, including tree cutting. This role requires you to be comfortable to Work at Heights.

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Underground Cable Jointing

Feet on solid ground with high level accuracy

Install, connect and repair high and low voltage underground power cables in various working environments. The design and construction of these cables is specialised and to work on them requires a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

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Plant Maintenance

Outdoor person who enjoys technical equipment

Responsible for the installation and maintenance of high voltage substations, transformers, switch gear and protection systems that facilitate the delivery of power between our transmission and distribution networks and the customer.

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How do I apply and what is the process?

  1. Fill out your application form
  2. Aptitude test
  3. Competency based interview
  4. Practical Assessment
  5. Meet and great

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Join our award-winning apprenticeship programme

Our application process has now closed, recruitment for 2024 intake will open in January 2024.