1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an electrical maintainer which means I carry out routine electrical checks and fault finding techniques to help keep severn trents assets in working order and to maintain the condition of the water course that our various sites discharge into. Day to day i also handle the spares that come onto site and let planning know when it can b planned in
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since joining severn trent i had no electrical background so i have learnt all the electrical knowledge i have at this current moment. This includes understanding electrical drawings and wiring diagrams and learning how to fault find on a panel and even learning what components do what within the panel and how they all operate.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme throughly as it gives me a chance to learn a trade which i could use out in the world in day to day circumstances. Severn trent is a good company to work for and our team makes each day enjoyable and not feel like boring mundane work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The severn trent apprenticeship could be better organised as once you have done the intial training you are kind of left into the hands of your manager and dont have the support of being told this is what you need to have done by the end of the 3 years. I think there should be a set standard of what you do when and not left entirely down to the individual.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager supports me and the other apprentices on site to a suitable standard as he himself is a former apprentice so has some ideas about what needs to be developed when. From the actual apprenticeship team they make sure they are available by email etc but you get very little contact to check how you are doing if you dont make contact first.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Eef set up regular 6 weekly meetings to check my progress towards the trailblazer and nvq. My assessor is friendly and easy to get on with and helps tell me what kind of jobs i need to do to fill out the areas in which i am lacking. He also has good knowledge in the area so will test you on parts he belives you are unsure of.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I believe the nvq and trialblazer ensure that you cover just about all of the jobs you could be asked to perform as a severn trent employee. They expose you to areas which you may not have worked with if the framework had not been in place and force you to question if you unsure of anything as you need to knowledge for your write ups
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.)
Within the apprenticeship you are regularly invited to assist in school and college open days to help promote the apprenticeships. Although i do not attend these i am invited regardless to all events and could choose to go and help out should i have the spare time and desire to help bring another generation into the company
9a. Would you recommend Severn Trent to a friend?
I would suggest this company to a friend because it is a good company with great benefits and a good pay. The working hours are good and you cant complain about that. Their is a good pension scheme and share scheme that help you set yourself up for a better future
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Severn Trent?
I would suggest that you be yourself as all staff here and friendly and enjoy a laugh and a joke. I would say to be confident in your work. I would also say to have a postive outlook on your work and dont be afraid to get dirty as this job can lead to that
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