Trainee@Westnetz: focus on responsibility

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Exploring the world of grids: in-depth practical insights for graduates in the Westnetz trainee programme.

Launch your career in the world of energy grids

It’s an ambitious claim: innogy is working on the energy supply of tomorrow – today. But it’s also a fantastic opportunity!

As a trainee with Westnetz, Germany's largest distribution system operator, you’ll become part of this progress. At the heart of the action, right from the start! You’ll gain exclusive insights into innovative ways of working and techniques in the grid world. You’ll be learning on the job. Within a clearly defined area of responsibility you’ll continuously expand your expertise. And you’ll increase your market value – within the company and within the sector.
But that's not all: in addition to your core area you’ll also get to know other divisions and departments. You will acquire expert knowledge of the energy sector. Through interaction with your colleagues, you’ll hone your social skills. A personal mentor and your contact from HR management will accompany you for the duration of the programme.
Our programme is aimed at graduates in a wide range of disciplines. Graduates in technical disciplines, for example, work in asset management, grid planning, Westnetz power and gas network operations or in communication technology. Business graduates gain an insight into concession management, grid management or controlling and accounting. What are you waiting for?

Netzworking peoples
Build a network during the trainee programme that enables a successful launch of your career.

Impulse coaching with mentor
Receive impulses during individual talks with your personal mentor.

Digital work
Digital & flexible – we offer our trainees a modern work environment.

Westnetz’s Competence Team Recruiting is supporting you during the application process and the telephone interview. Front line (left to right) Simone Dominik, Kerstin Schwendner, Caroline Freund, Martina Dominiak Back line (left to right) Thomas Gerdes, Thomas Pöhler, Florian Welz, Jana Kück

Getting start
What are you waiting for? Start your career as a trainee at Westnetz!

Facts and figures

Number of places as required
Duration 18 months
Number of projects/stations 1 core area, 2 secondary areas
Programme start date flexible
Application procedure

1. online application

2. online assessment

3. short phone interview

4. selection interview


  • Academic degree in various (energy) technical and economic studies (according to current requirements)
  • Enthusiasm for the energy transition and for shaping of the digital future
  • Experience in teamwork and good communication skills

Experience reports

Muriel Franken

Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Energy Technology

What has been the highlight of your trainee programme so far?

The highlight was my secondary placement in the operations division in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate where I gained plenty of practical experience.

Please give us some more details. What is the quintessence? 

One part of the trainee programme is an eight-week placement in a different department, which is called a secondary placement at Westnetz. My secondary placement brought me to the city of Trier and the Rhineland-Palatinate operations division. Tasks in operations include maintenance and fault elimination for primary and secondary equipment and high-voltage overhead lines. In this way I had the opportunity, for example, to walk along an overhead line route, to test a new tool for route maintenance, to learn about planning substations, to check a cable with the cable test van and to support colleagues who inspect protective equipment. 

Overall I have met many helpful colleagues whom I can now and in the future ask for advice. During my time there I was also able to gain plenty of practical experience, which helps me in my day-to-day work.

What is your personal advice to other applicants for this programme?

Many exciting topic areas are waiting to be discovered. So one should always be open to new experiences and take the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues.

Claas Matrose

Electrical and Computer Engineering with specialisazion in Electrical Power Engineering, doctorate

What has been the highlight of your trainee programme so far? 

Representing the company at a trade fair stand one day, working in the cable basement of a substation the next day – the highlight is the variety of tasks.

Please give us some more details. What is the quintessence? 

As a trainee I felt like an active member of the department from the start – during my core placement as well as my secondary placement. The DESIGNETZ project develops the blueprint for the energy transition and creativity and organisational skills are in demand. My contribution has been appreciated from day one. In my secondary placement I independently organise measurements in substations and coordinate the necessary work between the different departments. I always receive the support I need and my network continues to grow every day. 

My hopes of finding a challenging and exciting job at Westnetz GmbH have been fulfilled. The trainee programme has made the start to my career easy.

What is your personal advice to other applicants for this programme?

Be yourself, be interested and show your interests. All of the colleagues will take the time to answer your questions. Use this opportunity to become an expert on future-proof energy grids.


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