Mechanical maintenance at Severn Trent

Start Date:
East Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
January 2019

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Repair and maintenance on assets around Leicestershire. This includes work on pumps and gearboxes and filters and various tanks, such as humus tanks and primary settlement tanks. It also includes working with contractors regularly and working together to get jobs done. This is very important for us due to the nature of the job

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Yes I have. I learnt a lot during my time at college, as we had to cover a large number of different modules. This includes turning on a lathe, milling on a milking machine, repair and maintenance work on gearboxes and motors (striping them down and rebuilding them with new parts)

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I do really enjoy my program. During my time at college I had a fantastic time learning all kinds of new and important skills I’m really interesting areas, and also met some really good people during my time there and made some friends along the way. The same applies for my time on site on the job.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I would say that the program is well structured in some areas but very poorly stuctured in others. There were various occasions that I would turn up for a training course or something like that and they were not expecting me or didn’t even know that the event was on.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive a good amount of support from my employer. This ranges from financial to emotional and physical, with various different training courses provided for all kinds of different reasons, from training for on the job to mental well-being all the way to health and safety, both on and off the job.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


My training provider provided lots of support and I received a lot of it during my time there. This was very good as it helped me devolp my skills greatly. However, as previously mentioned, this support was not always easy to get and it was not organised well and took some time to receive.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


Our work at college has taught me most of the vital skills that I need to be able to perform well in my job, and also to perform as safely as possible in my job. However, there are lots of things in my job that were not and can not be taught at college as it must be learnt on the job

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


Yes, there are lots and lots of extra curricular activities that are available to apprentices such as open days and multiple volunteering opportunities such as at the NEC in Birmingham for a careers fair. For this we spoke to people attending the event about the apprenticeship and what it involves, and how to apply if they are interesting.

9a. Would you recommend Severn Trent to a friend?


9b. Why?

Seven Trent water is a very very Good place to work at for a number of reasons. One reason is that It is very enjoyable as each day is different and presents a different challenge that must be overcome in order to complete the job to a good and professional standard

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Severn Trent?

Be confident during the recruitment process. This includes during the online tests, the mobile phone interview and on the assessment center day should they make it to that point. Severn Trent look for positivity and personal maturity, so to conduct yourself in that manner can only serve you in good stead.

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