1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
An apprentice electrician who has worked on a number of different sites such as peterhead power station, a number of different sub stations and windfarms. Every day can be different gaining experience each day working towards my final trade test. I enjoy working with my work colleagues and learn a lot from them each day.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt lots of skills over the past 3/4 years as when I first started I had basically no idea about any of the jobs, how ever after watching/learing of my work colleagues and also completing jobs myself I have gained a lot of knowledge in electrician's work such as wiring and testing. After working under supervision from supervisors and tradesman over the past few years I now feel confident enough to be set jobs and do them on my own how ever I still have a lot to learn.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my work programme as each day is different. I have met lots of new people all over Scotland who are now very good friends . I have worked in lots of different places also staying away from home which I have really enjoyed as I have been able to gain experience of lots of different people and learn new techniques on the best way to complete jobs. We are always kept busy which makes the working day pass quickly.
4. How valued do you feel by SSE?
I feel very valued as over the apprenticeship they have invested a lot of money into us and our programmes to give us a good understand in our working environments. They also offer us very good benefits which will hopefully be really beneficial for us in the long run. We are always kept in nice working gear and very well looked after.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme is very well organised and we get everything handed to us on a plate. We are always kept up to date via emails, phone calls or text messages from our apprentice managers or on site supervisors/managers. We are always set yearly plans and targets which we have to meet which is really good so we always know what our targets and what we need to work towards.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support. If you are ever struggling there is always some one you can turn to. As an apprentice you are given an on site mentor who will always be looking out for you to help you the best he can. We also have lecturers and managers who we can contact at any time and they are all very helpful and always point you in the right direction.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a a lot of support from my employer such as being appointed with an on site mentor who is always there to help when it's needed. We have an apprentice manager who we can contact at any time if we are having any problems. There are always tradesmen or other apprentices willing to support you and help you learn more every day.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I am still living at home with my mum and dad my salary meets my costs. As I have never lived myself it is hard to comment as I am lucky to have very little costs at the moment but hopefully my salary will always be able to meet my day to day costs which I am confident it will for the future.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are great opportunities. There are benefits schemes that we can get involved in such as cycle to work where you are provided with a bike which you pay back tax free. This is very beneficial outside working hours so that you can keep fit and stay in good condition to be able to work to the best of your ability. Also with SSE Reward you can get early access to events and concerts which is very good for socialising outside of working hours.
9. Would you recommend SSE to a friend?
Yes because it is a great company with a very friendly and safe working environment. There is also a lot of personal benefits within the company. There is no limit to how far you can go in the company sse is always wanting workers to be the best they can at what they do. You are very well looked after and provided with very nice work gear and you can see some brilliant places across Scotland as there are some great SSE Jobs through out the country.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to SSE?
Follow health and safety requirements, be prepared to learn and listen to others. Always be friendly and speak to work colleagues as there is a nice working environment within the company. Be committed to your job and don't settle for short term goals always have a future plan as there are always great opportunities.
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