Craftperson C&I at E.ON

Start Date:
Nottingham East Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
October 2015

Review Score


1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am responsible for the repair and maintenance of Ratcliffe power stations CEMS analysers which include air and water analysis of various types.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have gained nebosh certification and EN14181 accreditation, I have been on many internal courses such as rigging and slinging, working at heights. Various courses on all the site analysers. I am currently going through engtech accreditation.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The level of training and knowledge gained is higher than I would have expected and I would rate it higher than some college/university training. My team are great and the atmosphere at work is always good.

4. How valued do you feel by E.ON?


I do not really receive any recognition for the level of skill I provide to my role as I believe it is beyond that of a craftsperson (my title). If I were to seek employment elsewhere I have been informed that I could be commanding at least a technician level or engineer.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


my training was great although the program was going through changes and so the inconsistencies with NVQ etc caused several problems with rewrites etc.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I suffered illness during my program and in terms of the support with this it was second to none. the company went beyond there required level of support

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


There is not any support beyond them spending there training budget as required.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


My salary in comparison with others which do equal or less work than me is upsetting. I believe that a culture of "who you know" is prevalent and therefore opportunities for me to advance are slim to none.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


yes. I am part of a makers club and but none of this is related to work. There are two annual company events

9. Would you recommend E.ON to a friend?


9b. Why?

I believe that the antiquated culture of management based on when soldiers automatically received management jobs after the war has been passed down through apprentices to managers their entire work life is based in one place and they have not seen how modern forward thinking companies operate. ( this is obviously regarding the power station)

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to E.ON?


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