1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an E&I apprentice, currently full time training, learning my job and hat i will be doing when i am fully qualified. I am in my first year of this apprenticeship; im doing a btec in college as well.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've improved my practical skills; as i have used different kind of machinery, as well as i have improved my hand tools skills. Im studding btec nationals in college, i doing different electrical units to understand the theory behind the work i do. I would say that the college is not very organised and the teachers are not very helpful.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it very much, the facilities are great and it is a very good companies to work for. All my fellow apprentices understand the core values of the company and respect eachother.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
There is not a lot of time on site in the first year of my apprenticeship, therefore, i haven't really understood what i actually do on a day to day. This is also another reason why i haven't meet my manger. I do feel valued by National Grid because they provide with great facilities and respect my opinion.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There are some courses that we have been organised very well, we have spoke to the organizers and the response has been very vague. Besides that everything else does fall in place pretty good.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The trainer are great; they understand different people learn at different pace and in different ways, they will change their learning styles according to the people they are training. Also they are very friendly and approachable.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Like Ive said already in the first year of my apprenticeship i dont spent a lot of time on site, therefore i haven't yet met my manager. however, ive spoke to him on the phone several times when i came across a problem or if i needed any guidance and my manager has been very helpful and supporting. My mentor is also very helpful and supporting.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is great and it meets my requirements perfectly.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I haven't really been introduced to many events outside work. But i do other social activities with my fellow apprentices.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is one of the best companies to get into; the facilities are great and the pay is very good. You can come out with a lot of qualifications. Also there is a lot of scope within the company if you want to move.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
You need to show that you are interested in the company and be clear on what you can bring to the company.
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