1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role on a day to day basis is to learn the jobs that i will be doing when i come out my time. These jobs include calibration of instrumentation, C&I based fault finding and repair of instrumentation
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I now know many new fault finding techniques and can use a list of new instruments that I hadn’t even heard of before starting the programme like a doctor or paar density meter.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The first two years of the programme were spent in Portsmouth with apprentices from all EDF Energy sites. It gave us a chance to get a base knowledge of what we were going to do and what the company expects of us. I have also enjoyed coming back to the station and applying my knowledge to the plant.
4. How valued do you feel by EDF Energy?
I feel that apprentices are treated very well at EDF Energy. The accommodation, flights, meals and travel are all paid for when living in Portsmouth and you are welcomed as one of the team when you arrive back on site.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has been well structured, with good guidelines on what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and the standards it has to be done to.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training department are good at supporting you by checking what training is required to finish the qualification manual and implementing a plan to complete the qual man in the best way possible.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As EDF Energy is a very safety conscious group they support any safety concerns raised by us and are great when it comes to special leave. They also support a questioning attitude and make sure all PPE requirements are met.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is more than adequate.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, many of the skills are transferable to different industries. You can also use the knowledge gained to maintain things at home.
9. Would you recommend EDF Energy to a friend?
You are given many opportunities to move up in the company, the pension scheme is great, the salary is good, there is a lot of different new work coming in every day and the technicians are all good to work with and have lots of experience.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EDF Energy?
If you are applying for EDF Energy you should read up on there safety polices, different stations and where they are located, try and get some previous hands on work (fixing cars or wiring lights and sockets) and how nuclear electricity is generated.
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