1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is 'Apprentice Assistant Solutions Engineer'. My main tasks day to day involve 3D and 2D CAD modelling using geographical data to plot new and existing pipe networks. This data is used to assist other solution engineers to solve problems and test the solutions. I have daily interactions with my manager as well as senior solution engineers that are in my team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my time at Severn Trent I have been given the opportunity to attend many training sessions such as first aid, mental health first aid and many health and safety courses. In addition to this I have greatly improved my CAD skills, presenting skills and excel skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Personally I am greatly enjoying the course as all my colleagues are highly supportive and the culture at Severn Trent encourages everyone to work together and get to know one another, which made me feel included in my team very quickly.
4. How valued do you feel by Severn Trent?
I feel very valued at Severn Trent as not just my manager gives me feedback but others in the projects I am involved with take the time to thank me when I have contributed and praise me for my work or give tips on how to make it even better next time.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As I was part of Severn Trent's largest ever intake of apprentices and the first group of higher apprentices there has been some miss communications but at any time if I wasn't sure or happy with what was planned they took my concerns into account and altered my programme to correct it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is very supportive of my Educational courses, I can email my tutors for advise at any time and there are many online portals I can use to monitor my progress. So far I am very much enjoying my course as it is well structured and not overly challenging.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a whole HR team at Severn Trent dedicated to supporting the apprentices which we can contact at any time with any issues we are facing or to enquire into any training courses we feel we would benefit from. I have also been given a mentor in my team who every day talks to me about the work I am doing and if I need any help or something more challenging to work on.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary packages is very competitive for a higher apprentice and easily covers my living costs and allows me to have an active social life. In addition as part of my role I am required to drive to many locations, when this happens I am sometimes given additional financial help if I need it.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are Many opportunities outside of work, within my first few months I was involved in school visits, site visits and was a part of the Brathay apprentice challenge which I am currently still competing in. In additional we are encouraged to volunteer for charity and the company supports us with things like fundraising and finding others to help our activities.
9a. Would you recommend Severn Trent to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have enjoyed every step of the apprenticeship and feel like I have a good career ahead of me, I have already recommended they apply.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Severn Trent? *
The process is quite long and at times quite challenging, stay patient during the process and plan everything you do out, revise for the tests and prepare as much as you can for the interviews. The assessment centre is challenging but if your relaxed and prepared its a great experience and quite enjoyable.
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