1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice for gas distribution within the East Midlands area. Responsible for the operation and maintenance of all electrical systems within the gas distribution.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I am studying a BTEC level 3 in Electrical and Electronic engineering at a college chosen by the employer. In addition I am currently working towards an NVQ at the employers training premises. Training for the NVQ is provided by contracted trainers that are among some of the best in the industry.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is excellent. There is a great balance between work and play, the team in which I am training with is different to those that I will eventually be working with. All are a pleasure to work with. The company provided excellent facilities through every aspect and cannot be faulted. I have had no problems within my first 6 months of working here. They are highly reputable organization and the programme that is provided definitely shows this.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
All employees are felt to feel valued and I can vouch for this as this is one of the core values for National Grid that is told to you from day one. I feel valued from an employee to employee level as well as an employee from the higher managerial levels.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
All the training provided is given in a logical order, and is reviewed personally with the training staff every 10 weeks to ensure that everything is on task. All aspects of the programme are stress free and tailored to suit each individual.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support provided will be hard to match, in that where ever assistance or help is required in any form, it can be found.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A large amount of support comes from the managers and the training providers. In addition being partnered with a more experienced mentor allows for additional personal support as and when needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For an apprenticeship starting wage the salary is excellent. It is on par with many under grad placement salaries. In addition all living costs are covered while away training. The cost of travel is also covered by the employer.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Being a relatively new employee with lots of training hours to fit in, there is not a large amount of time to pursue the many additional opportunities presented by the company that are available to full time employees.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Everything about the programme is suited to fit your learning and working styles. The training and facilities provided are some of the best to be found. In addition the salary and additional finances received are highly competitive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Be polite, friendly and represent yourself to meet the national grid core values.
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