1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
MEICA stands for mechanical, electrical, instrumentation control and automation. The day I have at college I am studying mechanical as well as electrical engineering at the end I will achieve a level 2 in mechanical engineering and a level 3 electrotechnical qualification. on a day to day basis I am onsite shadowing electricians for the time being helping them when needed, while working they explain what they are doing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt new skills on site as well as college. skills I learnt on site are to gland off cables, I can tell what cables are live, what cables are earth and what cables are neutral. there are different jobs we have to do in college which has developed my drilling, sawing, tapping, measuring skills even more
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I would say I find the programme enjoyable as this role has allowed me to meet other engineers who explained how they got to where they are now, many of them went through the apprenticeship route who are managers and supervisors today so it just shows the potential I have.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
my programme is well structured, there is a 6 month rotation which my manager has put in place for me to enable me to network in a different surrounding getting to meet new people. my college qualifications was explained in detail, what the steps are going to be, what dates i should achieve them by
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have received a great amount of support from my employer, staff get reimbursed at the end of each month for things such as train tickets or for mileage used that month if they drove. with the help on my line manager i was able to obtain a year season ticket which made is so much easier to get to work. there are also times when my line manager and myself meet up to check if i need anything.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
i receive a great amount of support from my training provider working towards my qualifications. there is now an online portfolio where i can upload my work once completed which they have shown me how to use. anything anyone in the class feels stuck on they stop the whole class to explain so that everyone understands, they also make sure that everyone is treated equally and that everyone is on the same level
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
it helps me perform better in my role because what i do in college, the drilling, tapping, cutting filing, i am able to use those skills effectively at work because of the training i have received in college. there are also mechanical and electrical drawings which we have to be able to read at college which i can take back to my workplace to try and understand the mechanical and electrical schematics.
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.)
if there is an objective set and that objective is achieved within the time limit there is a table with different activities as an incentive people can pick and choose from, this is the tallied up and the activity will be chosen for everyone in the office to go which may be from go karting to horse racing.
9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
there is a very strong apprenticeship team who aid and support their apprentices and also want their apprentices to have a great experience and wants them to come out with as many qualifications as possible. it has helped me meet various people of different backgrounds who all have different stories which motivates me
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
make sure its the job you want as your apprenticeship is payed for, you also receive huge amounts of support from the apprenticeship team, line manager and also your training provider who all want you to do well. people applying would be doing an excellent thing once they get the role as they will be building a solid future for themselves.
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