1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as an apprentice is to learn the skills and gain necessary experience on jobs on site up to the point where I can be assessed and passed as SQEP to complete the task myself.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel that the knowledge and basic skills I learned in my first two years have been vital in providing a foundation for me to further enhance my skills with the work I am undertaking on site.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find the work we do interesting and enjoy learning about the jobs and plant systems. I feel satisfied when I show signs of improvement on a task.
4. How valued do you feel by EDF Energy?
EDF Energy have invested a lot of money in me to complete this programme and have sponsored me to go to college for a HNC, all of which makes me feel valued by the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The first two years are very well organised as you follow a set programme which is designed to introduce you to the basics of the trade. In the next two years, you are expected to take more ownership of your qualification.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Babcock provided some support to us in our first two years. However, I feel like they could have made better use of some of their resources to introduce more practical work for us in our second year.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
EDF have supported us by providing us with accomodation and food whilst living away. On site, they support the costs of our travel to college which is a great help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am pleased with my salary and find it supports my cost of living well. Over the course of my apprenticeship I have managed to save some money aside which sets me up[ well for the future
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I feel the skills gained in the apprenticeship are transferable to outside of work. EDF also tries to organise events to participate in outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend EDF Energy to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have enjoyed my experience and feel that the opportunity for further education provided in 3rd and 4th year is especially important for people who have to make a choice between university and the apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EDF Energy? *
You must be prepared to move away for two years, so you have to be able to deal with homesickness. Other than that, you have to approach the learning with an open mind and be willing to take on advice and criticisms.
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