1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role at Egger is an apprentice electrical engineer in the maintenance department which covers all areas of the site. On a day to day basis it will involve installing new wiring systems using trunking to support wires and a lot of panel work. It will also involve the checking of wiring and systems to ensure everything is runnng correctly and is well maintained.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have learned many new skills as previously I have had no experience when working with anything electrical. I have learnt how to isolate things before starting any work to ensure they are safe, how to put glands on to some different types of wires for example steel wired armour, steel yarn and also how to allach Ferrell to some types of wires.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Now that I am in my company I am enjoying my role much more than I was whilst at the training centre on Scotswood Road. Although I do feel I learnt quite a lot whist I was at the training centre I feel some of their ways are old school and could be greatly improved for the future of others, not everyone who goes is 16 and we should be treat accordingly, however I did learn some valuable skills whilst there which will help me in my role.
4. How valued do you feel by Egger?
So far during my time at Egger I feel reasonable valued. Everyone has been really supportive and we have had 3 tours to show us around and so that we know where we can and where we can not go in addition to this we are being enrolled on lots of training courses which will be beneficial to myself in my role as well as Egger themselves.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Whilst at the training centre I do feel like there was a lack of organisation. At the beginning of each section we would have to wait while the tutors worked out what was what which took 2 hours the first day. In addition to this, I completed the electrical maintenance section before the electrical installation Section which seemed completely backwards as we were expected to know how to replace wires and components without ever learning how to first.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider has been fairly good at providing support, my assessor has been great and is friendly and open and allows us to feel that we can ask any questions and air any issues with him. Now that I am based at Egger I will be getting 12 week reviews to ensure everything is going well and that we are being trained well and learning from it whilst feeling safe in our job.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
During my time at the training centre my employer visited where I was based at the end of each section which was monthly just to check that we were doing ok and to see our work over the last 4 weeks. Now that I am at Egger my employer has been through all our induction stuff and has been very supportive throughout. He has made it clear that if I am struggling at any point that his door is always open.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
During my time at the training centre I would said the pay isn’t fantastic but it is better than going to college and getting nothing. For the first 7 month of my employment with Egger I have continued to work my previous job on a Sunday as that one day a week earned me as much as a week did at Egger but between them both it made it to be not a bad wage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I believe that there are mainly opportunities outside of work but as I have only been at company for 3 days I have not yet taken part in any of these. I have seen on notice boards tickets advertised for the jersey boys and for Goldilocks and the three bears which is the winter panto in Newcastle this year which I may look at attending once I get settled in.
9. Would you recommend Egger to a friend?
I feel my introduction to Egger has been very smooth and all of the employees I have met are very open and welcoming to the new starters. The lads I work with are all great lads and that makes it enjoyable to come to work. I have asked many of the people at Egger and they have said they enjoy their job which is the main thing for us all.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Egger?
To be as open and friendly as possible. Just because others already have qualifications in the sector they are applying for doesn’t necessarily mean they have I greater chance of getting the job. At the end of the day they are looking for people who will work hard and fit in well with the rest of the work force. Do not come dressed like you have just stepped off the council estate, assessment days may not be an interview but first impressions are everything!
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