1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as an Pressure, Control and Storage apprentice involves shadowing a team of technicians as they work on a whole variety of gas installations making sure that maintenances are being carried out on key assets essential to the continued low of gas.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of new skills that I would never have thought about developing before I took on this role, including people skills. I have also been able to greatly develop my hand skills with tools, amongst other things.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme i'm on, made even better by the other apprentices you get to know very well. The teams you're with on the job are also brilliant, and I felt like I fitted right in. The time table is quite full, but there is flexibility if you need it.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
I feel extremely valued as all of us have been treated with the uttmost respect from the moment we walked in on that first day. Everyone is pen and honest with you, and everyone in charge is always more than happy to help you with anything - even out of hours!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme is very well structured and organised considering the amount of training that has to be fitted in. Given the nature of the business there are a lot of courses you have to go on, but its structured well and there is also flexibility should you need it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
You can recieve all the help you need from any one of the training providers should you need it. You're always encouraged by who ever is training you to drop an email or phone call if you're struggling with something. For that reason alone I feel like I have all the support I need.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recieve alot of support from my employer as well, every one is just as helpful as the training providers in making sure that you're being looked after and are comfortable. No one is ever more than a phone call away and no one is there to trip you up.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We get an extremely good salary for apprentices which will only rise as we progress through the scheme. The salary is more than enough to cover all of my personal costs with left over to save. As for business related costs, we are able to claim expenses back through the company to cover these which is a massive help and brilliant perk.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a number of opportunities outside of work should you choose to take them. There are charity events that are held, and even on a smaller scale you are able to go out with your coleagues to restaurants, the cinema etc.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would highly recommend them for the respect you're shown from the get go, the friendliness of all of your colleagues/trainers, the salary and benefits package is brilliant and the work/life balance is perfect (9-5!)
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Make sure to fill out the application form as best you can and include as much about yourself as possible - this is the most important part. After that, do research on the company before hand, be prepared for manual skills and prepare for all possibilities in the interview. They ask questions about what experience you've had with certain scenarios.
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