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At National Grid, we are committed to building a qualified and successful engineering workforce. Through our corporate giving programs, employee volunteerism and internal leadership and development activities, we have created a comprehensive program dedicated to advancing this cause. National Grid has already invested more than $3 million in this program to target students of all ages and backgrounds to encourage them to study science, technology, engineering and math.
Phase 1: INSPIRE
The process of building a strong engineering corps starts with inspiring our youth to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). National Grid’s Engineering our Future initiative aims to accomplish this by:
Applying a multi-level approach to reach students at all levels of the educational system
Reaching out to students both in conventional and unconventional ways
Funding research centers to support new and exciting technologies
Partnering with organizations that provide programs to educate teachers as well as students
Offering educational materials and an interactive website which provides information free of charge to students, teachers and parents. This information will also be used by our employees to go into schools with information about Energy, Environment and Safety.
Phase 2: ATTRACT
The centerpiece of Engineering Our Future is a program called the Engineering Pipeline Program. The Pipeline is a six-year development program that creates a recruitment pathway for promising high school students who want to become engineers. Summer programs will focus on giving students:
Knowledge of the energy industry and an insight into engineering careers at all levels.
The confidence to make informed career choices.
Positive and inspirational experience in a vital industry and with company that they may know little about.
To apply, visit our Careers site.
Phase 3: DEVELOP
Once engineers are working at National Grid, we want to grow and develop their talents with comprehensive learning programs. National Grid’s formal internal engineering development includes:
Engineering Graduate Development Program designed to accelerate the time to competency for new hires
Customized technical training programs
On the job training and mentoring
Annual Expert Training
Customized Personal Development Plans
Engineering training courses for new technologies
Engineering rotation programs designed to enhance competencies
Online engineering degree programs
We are incredibly excited about Engineering our Future, but we recognize that it is only a small part of what must be done to rebuild the national engineering workforce. We need other corporations, government, education systems and non-profits to band together and contribute to the effort. It may seem like a daunting challenge, but we must keep in mind the historic importance of the end goal. For as long as people have used tools, we have depended on engineers to figure out new ways to explore, improve and build our world. Investing in engineering is investing in our future.