Craft Attendant – Underground Jointer’s Mate – Full Time

About us

National Grid Electricity Distribution is the new name for Western Power Distribution. This is a very exciting time to be part of the largest UK electricity transmission and distribution business. We’ve changed our name, but our people and focus on providing great service to customers remains unchanged. We connect 8 million customers across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales and serve a population of over 18 million people. We do this whilst maintaining safety, reliability and excellent customer service.

National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources which are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand. 

We are an equal opportunities employer. 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

An opportunity is available for three Craft Attendants based at our Gloucester depot. Working across the network wherever needed.

The successful candidate will be required to contribute with the repair, replacement, construction and alteration of assets. Progression opportunities may be available for someone who demonstrates a desire to learn and undertake new tasks, contingent on prevailing business need.

The work involves being away from the depot, working in and around the Gloucestershire area, often in a team of two people. The environment requires you to be able to react quickly, decisively and responsibly. You will also need to be flexible in your approach to assist the team in meeting its objectives.  It’s physical work and you’ll be out in all weathers, sometimes dealing with customers and always assisting a Craftsperson.

You might be maintaining tools, equipment, materials, making sure the van is stocked up with tools and equipment and is in a safe condition, putting up signs, preparing the site and assessing risks but always working safely. While you’ll usually be part of a team of two, you will also work with a wide variety of professionals, including managers, planners, technicians and contractors.

Progression opportunities may be available for someone who demonstrates a desire to learn and undertake new tasks. This will be dependent on business need.

To apply, you’ll need to have English GCSE (1-9 / G-A) or equivalent qualification deemed to be at the same level in this subject, such as Functional Skills. 

Evidence of your qualification will be required prior to appointment.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

As an equal opportunities employer who is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we celebrate individual difference and are actively bringing in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture. We anonymise all jobs in our recruitment system, so we can eliminate unconscious bias and be a workplace that reflects the community we serve. Hiring managers only have access to necessary information after shortlisting has taken place and before interview so they can prepare.

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensure before commencing work you understand the task/s that you have been instructed to undertake;
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of Health Safety & Quality at all times;
  • Ensure the appropriate use of Tools, Equipment & Plant;
  • Report all accidents and incidents 

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll need a willingness to work outside as this role is suitable for someone who enjoys the demands of a physical outdoor environment. You will need good basic technology skills and to be able to communicate confidently with colleagues and customers. 

You will need to be mobile throughout the area as you may be required to undertake out of hours standby duties, therefore a full driving licence is desirable.

Some electrical experience or an electrical qualification would be an advantage.

About the Company

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. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer a competitive contributory pension scheme where the company will double match your pension contributions up to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access, subject to eligibility criteria, to join our annual Share Save plan.

You will receive a generous annual leave entitlement on joining, starting at 26 days rising to 28 days following 10 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

Additional Application Information

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date.

To enhance your candidate experience, we recommend using Google Chrome to complete your online application. Should you have any questions regarding this or require additional support to complete your online application, please contact us.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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