Substation Apprentice Craftsperson at National Grid

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£15,950 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

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


on a day to day basis our job is to maintain, repair and replace equipment on substations around the country as well as doing tops and regular checks

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


yes i have developed many skills while being here such as using tools, equipment and power tools aswell as learning new skills such as low voltage wiring

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


i enjot the programme a lot and, both being at eakring and being out on site as we get to meet new people, face new challenges and are given our own responsibilities

4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?


i feel very valued as an individual which is impressive considering the size of the company, but i am treat like an individual and people know me as a person and not just an apprentice

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


the programme is well organised, we were given a timetable at the start of the year and have access to it on the web anytime, as well as been e-mailed about important changes, info or cancellations

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


i receive a lot of support from the trainers running the course as they take time to explain things twice, will give you improvement tips and guide you along when your unsure

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


we receive a great deal of support not only from staff at eakring, but also out on site from my mentor and line manager including the rest of the team who are always willing to take time to show you things, explain them and give you extra material to help you along

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


considering our travel, acomodation and meals are provided when we are down at eakring, it is more than a satisfactory salary and i personally feel it is satisfactory even when at home

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


there are always a range of oppurtunities available to us. we are encouraged to go into schools and talk about apprenticeships aswell as attend apprenticeship days with the company itself

9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

the company is a great comapny to work for, with a good secure job, a good wage, excellent benfits such as pensions, sharesave and the option of paying things back in installments

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *

when applying, be confident in yourself, dont pretend to be someone your not as they will pick up on that. get involved with as much as you can, if you show your an active, motivated person who wants to progress, then youll look like a good candidate

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