1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Operate and Maintain low to high pressure gas systems to keep the gas flowing to homes and business throughout the UK.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Being a school leaver jumping straight into an apprenticeship, I have developed my teamwork and problem solving skills. The apprenticeship keeps me busy and is always stretching my knowledge.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Overall, the programme is brilliant. Everybody at National Grid is like-minded and keen to get work done. Throughout the seven months I have been hear, I have met some amazing people both on-site on the district and at the training centres. The manual work keeps us all busy and helps us understand the job more and more every day. With National Grid's apprenticeships, you never stop learning.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
At National Grid, I feel highly valued, as I'm sure others do. We are all part of a team that needs to work together to get work done quickly and efficiently while having fun at the same time and I feel that this is achieved at National Grid. My manager and colleagues on site are helpful and are always there if I need to ask them for guidance on something.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall the programme is well thought out and is planned out to suit everybody's needs. Reviews (support meetings) are carried out every 10 weeks to track out progress and for us to discuss any problems that we may have face-to-face with out program manager, who also does a great job of supporting everyone.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At National Grid, our training provider is mainly Aztec AVA, who cover all of the PEO and pipe fitting training. The guys at Aztec will give you as much support as you need and they'll always give you a nudge in the right direction if they see you doing something wrong.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As with Aztec, managers and mentors will give you as much support as you ask for. My manager has helped me with a range of things so far with fast replies though text/email or immediate answers when face-to-face. The technicians we work with on site are also happy to help you whenever you need it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At National Grid, travel costs can be claimed back through the company and accommodation is paid for. Therefore as apprentices, we don't really incur any costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I've only been here for seven months, I haven't really had a chance to see what events are happening.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
National Grid is great for anyone that wants to go far in their career while receiving all of the right training from passionate trainers and technicians.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
The application process is a little bit long but it's so that the interviewers can get to know you a little bit better before you actual interview. Video interviews are also something that National Grid are using, this isn't to see how nervous you are, but so that they can put a face and a voice to a name.
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