1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice gas engineer. Maintaining gas pressure systems. Seasonal pressures. Functional checks on pressure systems Working with customers in finding out whats wrong with their gas. Data collections Observations of contractors. Site Checks (Gas holders etc)
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Confined spaces training was good. I had learned how to apply and use the breathing aspirators. Learned how to make tools out of a piece of metal and how to polish the end piece. Asbestos training had informed me of where there could be asbestos and the risks and hazards of it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my team on site, very funny bunch of people. Colleagues that are on the same course as me could be more mature but I guess it comes with age.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
Had not experienced a chance to get involved with anything big yet so i cant comment but on site i do get opportunities to take past of some activities.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Introduction was good, however, i didn't get invited to the 1st introduction day in August which confused me to why. Training is good but sometimes confusing - for example the first week of college we didn't really know what times we had to be there for or where the college was at all.
The programe is well organised but the unexpected programme changes worries me if i want to take a holiday as i think i need to rush to get the holiday in before the programme changes.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A good amount of support. if i have any problems, they will be dealt with. Accessibility for support is also easy as all mobile numbers have been provided form the start
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support will always come to me upon request. I get as much support as i need from the managers and others on site.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It just about works. With the first years salary i cant save up much after all the bills but it doesn't leave me in debt.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are other social opportunities outside work but I'm too busy with all the course work and trying to get my head around everything onsite without knowing what it is. That takes all the time up. .... For now... second year may be a bit better.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Good pay Good training Skilled job
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Get ready for the long application forms and all the stages of the application. Also to get ready to take in all that information in the first year. It's tough but it will pay off later on in life.
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