1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Pressure control and storage engineer, my daily tasks internally are too complete B-tec assignments and get all of the qualifications needed to be a competent person at my future job role. When I am on-site, my job is to control pressure from offshore sites and regulate the pressure into commercial areas at low pressure. I enjoy the work i do as it is different to previous work i have done.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
We have learnt many new skills working for national grid, recently we have completed a Maths B-tec level 3, and several other courses. I also completed a performing engineering operations qualification that included lots of filing and sanding metal objects. I enjoy completing more hands-on work and learning new skills in this area and i hope to improve these further in the future.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship very much and all aspects within my apprenticeship too. I get on with everyone i work with and as i expected the normal apprentice treatment (asked to get a left handed screwdriver etc) i was very surprised when i am treated fairly and everyone is very helpful and understanding. I think that there are a few improvements to make here and there but nothing bad.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
As an apprentice i feel a part of the company, our manager always has time to help with any problems and there is a range of good benefits we get including the shares scheme. I have helped with several non-routine operations and have felt like i have actually been an assistance during the operation. Overall I feel happy with how the company treats me and most of the time i do feel valued by the National Grid company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There have not been any problems with how our programme is structured, the induction went smoothly and the training both on-site and off-site is just as well organised. We have a student rep that we can give suggestions to if we feel that there is anything that could be done differently or if we have suggestions for improvements for future apprentices for example as well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have several tutors on-site which help a lot with our assignments, the support is relatively easy to acquire as we have all of our tutors email addresses if we are having problems with any assignments or are struggling with the work and need any more help or extra support. I have not needed extra support luckily so i cannot comment on how good the support is but it's nice that it is there.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The same as above...Our employer is always there for us and offers us help and support with any of the work we get, whether its educational work or work given to us by the company. Various supervisors and other staff members also offer us help and advice whilst we are in our apprenticeships, they mainly give us advice on what to do if we have a problem and how best to finish pieces of work etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our salary is exceptional it covers all of my living costs and provides a incentive to work harder, we also get any travel costs and hotel fee's refunded. I am happy that the fees and wages i get fully cover my expenses per month and it is also really nice to know that we get a wage rise every year as well providing that we complete our work to a decent standard and we are up to date with our training too.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are loads of voluntary opportunities within your local community that national grid tries to get us to join in with. Some of the guys at work occasionally go out and we come along as well which is nice since we can have a chat about our backgrounds and our interests and although it's not muc just going to the pub for example but it's nice to get to know your colleagues more.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is full of opportunity and you are given the chance to learn a lot more skills as well improving old skills too. the wage and expenses they pay for you are really good and you can't fault this. The overall experience is top notch and i think that anyone who applies will really enjoy the programme anyway. the staff and employees are friendly and offer help whenever they can too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Stay calm during your interviews and do your research about the company before applying to ensure you can speak about their products/services. It is good to have experience before applying as well so you are ahead of your rivals. Also make sure that you are fairly confident within yourself and you present yourself well, be friendly with the interviewers and shake their hands and thank them at the end.
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