1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Pressure Control and Storage Apprentice Daily tasks range from functional checks to major overhauls Support the first and second man, they show you how to complete the work to procedure
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Gaining Qualifications in Engineering High Quality internal training courses to provide knowledge on tasks before we go on site. External training such as breathing apparatus training by people who do the job daily.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
There are many places to travel to for the apprenticeship for training and are away from home a lot but the people you meet and work with on the the courses make the time go quicker so being homesick has never been an issue.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
During our first 6 weeks we had to give a presentation to managers from National Grid on the core values. These managers traveled from all over the country to come and watch the presentations which showed to me that they cared about the apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The courses are arranged up to a year in advance and the course manager will try to rearrange when he can if any issues arise.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
During internal training courses, the trainers provide support to apprentices that are struggling to get to grips with certain parts by changing the way they teach.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets all my requirements at the moment. Travel costs are reimbursed by the company.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are company events which some of the apprentices have been invited to but not every apprentice is invited and there are also not many events.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great company to work for and there are many future job prospects.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Get the best GCSEs possible and have experience in using hand tools and their names before applying as it will come in handy later on.
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