1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role with in the company is to maintain, repair and inspect various parts of national grids over head lines assets. This can be achieved in many different ways; via climbing the pylons, patrolling the circuits or through thermal imaging, ect.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Through out my 2 years at national grid I have expanded my knowledge of electrical engineering and health and safety drastically. This has helped me with in my everyday life and working life. This also helps me to maintain a high standard of work on any job I get set to.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme has been a great experience for me as it allowed me to learn and to be paid along side. The programme is broken up so we learn theory and then go back to out local sites and get to put it in to practice in a practical way. And allowed me to make new friends along the way.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
National grid makes me feel valued via trusting me with expensive equipment e.g. A van and various other equipment not only for work but my personal time too. They also have various different systems to offer me as an employee help in any aspect of my life.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Over all the programme has been planned well. There has been a few times where courses have clashed with holidays, however national grid have been very good with providing an alternative that please both party's.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There was a few issues along our education process, however they had been resolved mostly and I feel the support I am receiving now is very adequate to allow me to succeed in my studies.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support has always been an option in all aspects of working for national grid wether your in the classroom or when your on site with your team. They also provide support for your everyday life e.g. Financial
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary has been very generous as an apprenticeship and increasing respectively each year. National grid Also allow me to claim expenses for travel to and from places of training and providing me with accommodation including food free of charge.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
They are many different club and opportunities that are placed around the place of work and regular emails updating people of up coming events and opportunities that are available for all members of the company.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
National grid are an all round great company to be with allowing constant learning with the most up to date and advanced training facilities. Meaning you get a solid background of your job before you go and work of fully functional equipment. It has also been a great experience for me making new friends, having fun and being paid along side gaining a qualification is a great bonus.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Make sure you do extensive and appropriate research of the company (relevant to the role you're applying for) including core values and have a good broad overview of the company it's self including its assets, what we stand for and goals.
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