1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently an apprentice maintenance technician so I am training to become a full time technician. A full time technician carries out maitenance tasks which can include routine work, fault finding or emergent work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned a number of new skills required for my job. These include benchfitting, wiring and using test equipment. There are also regular training courses available to learn new skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed my apprenticeship. I have had always had an interest in engineering and seeing how things work. I also enjoy fault finding on different systems to repair them.
4. How valued do you feel by EDF Energy?
I feel fairly valued by EDF Energy. It is a very expensive programme as apprentices are sent down to England for their first two years to recieve navy training so it shows that they are keen for their apprentices to be of a high standard.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is fairly well organised. The first two years in Portsmouth is more classroom based so is structured quite well. The last two years are back on site so there is a little more freedom to how you achieve your qualifications.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
You recieve a fair amount of support from your training provider. There are quite a few people you can speak to in the first two years if you feel you are struggling and they will do their best to assist you.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a fair amount of support recieved from your employer. They tell you of their standards and how you can meet them even as an apprentice. There is a HR department if workplace support is needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary you recieve as an apprentice is excellent. The first two years have your catering, travel and accomodation paid for. The wage when you return to site easily meets living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There aren't a lot of oppurtinities outside of site with most of the focus being on achieving your internal qualifications such as a NVQ and HNC.
9a. Would you recommend EDF Energy to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a good apprenticeship for someone coming out of school who doesn't feel university or college is a good option and also provides excellent training and a good wage.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EDF Energy? *
This job offers a excellent wage with very good training. Hoiwever you must be willing to relocate to England for two years to recieve training. It is also expected you have an interest for engineering when you apply.
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