1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Undertaking academical and vocational training in preparation for beginning a career in the nuclear industry. Two years at Babcock Engineering Academy in Gosport and two year on site at Torness Power Station. I am currently approaching the end of my first two years of the apprenticeship.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have built on skills and knowledge I gained from previous employment as an Engineer in the Merchant Navy, as well as learning all about the company's extensive policies with regards to nuclear generation.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I somewhat enjoy the program. I maintain the attitude that it is a means to an end in that it will lead to an exciting and rewarding career. I find the residential phase of the programme frustrating at times but I understand that EDF and Babcock do what they can to accommodate and make myself and colleagues feel welcome.
4. How valued do you feel by EDF Energy?
I feel reasonably valued. I feel that my managers and supervisors support and make time for me as an individual even though I am a very small part of a much larger machine.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well organised and structured and feels like it is done in such away that I am allowed to continuously improve.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I generally receive any help or advice I ask for from my managers, supervisors and instructors.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very Satisfactory. I am aware that this scheme provides a higher salary than other programmes.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In terms of life experiences, yes. There iare international trips where we travel to Budpest, Berlin and Lyon as well as interrailing around Europe.
9a. Would you recommend EDF Energy to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Although I do not enjoy the residential phase of the programme, I would recommend the scheme to anyone who was looking for a career with a wide range of opportunities as well as the chance to be part of a fascinating industry.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EDF Energy? *
It can be incredibly frustrating at times due to the maturity of some of your colleagues or the living arrangements. The best way to get through it is to stay positive, make friends, work hard and make the best of your opportunities to stand out.
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