1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an electrical maintenance apprentice, I work with atex flameproof equipment in very hazardous areas, I work with motors, pumps, control panels, switching gear and various other domestic and industrial electrical equipment.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many skills over the course of my apprenticeship, some to do with the job, some life impacting things, I have been on numerous training courses that cover areas from confined space training to first aid training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the hazardous, maintenance and working with atex equipment side of the job a lot, the job is constantly changing and surprising you, the domestic side, not so much.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
Not very, I am a part of the GPSS contract that costain took over and it if feels like this side of the company gets left out and In certain aspects, especially on the apprenticeship side of things
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Not very, I started my apprenticeship late, know one knew I was starting, there was no structure or programme put in place until the very last stages of my apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not much, I feels JTL who are my training provider and pretty useless, I've had several training people from them to look over my apprenticeship and the gaps between visits and reports are not the 12 weeks that they say, they are usually 4-5 months between visits and during my second year of my apprenticeship I was visited only twice by JTL.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Far more than I do from JTL but I believe that has more to do with the people I work with that the company itself that relies more on JTL for feedback.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well, from the start of my apprenticeship my wages have been very good, above average for an apprentice I believe, though the structure and bonus money for completing each year and certain areas of my apprenticeship was soon scrapped without my acknowledgement.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I'm sure there many things to do out of work time within the company, however the majority of these events takes place down south which is obviously not possible for someone who lives up north to attend regularly or even at all.
9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
I believe costain would be very good employers if you work within the main costain bubble, the pay is very good and you get trusted to get on with your work without the need of someone looking over you shoulder as it where.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
Try and get involved in a project that is with the main costain bubble and not an extra contact for them like the GPSS one that they seem to just not acknowledge unless forced too.
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