1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role includes visiting sites and carrying out general maintenance activities in order to keep the areas water being produced at full capacity. This involves me following a fully skilled mentor and following instructions with hands on practical activities in order to learn and build on mechanical and electrical skills.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained on many aspects of my skill set as well as knowledge on both general water production methods as well as mechanical and electrical skills which I can take on to my future careers or every day life. I feel I have gained many skills in this job
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed this training program more than I thought I ever would through gaining skills, learning, educational training courses as well as having a good time with friendly people that can extend to social activities. This being the best choice I have made in my career life and gets me started for my life ahead
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
This training program is not as organised as first made out with college issues and training program providers, this mainly being due to having a new provider as of when I first started, however they are getting used to the company standards and are improving. This has potential to get more structured.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In terms of support, there is tons of it given by the company, Thames Water with educational training courses to give extra specific knowledge, and supportive mentors that teach the hands on processes without making yourself feel vulnerable. Nothing is felt pressured, yet tasks are still done and completed to a high standard.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
In terms of the training provider, he is very supportive in telling the areas where to improve on aspects to gain more points towards the overall qualification. The training providers have new technology in order to make the marking process easier and more efficiant therefore getting feedback quicker in ways to improve
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
This question helps the mechanical, and electrical skills in areas taught at college can be taken into the work place, however the majority of the machining or hand making skills isnt so much used on site however is nice to know for future jobs or general knowledge. Some skills learnt can build on site tasks
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.)
There are many extra curricular tasks to be done such as sports teams or visiting sites for experience and learning other elements of the extended areas in the company that may do process differently. Volunteering activities are often set up to engage employees in helping the community or more vulnerable countries, where skills and social activities can be build on
9a. Would you recommend Thames Water to a friend?
It overall has been a good experience to start my career life, with skills and knowledge gained. All on the job training provided gives great future skills. This job has been a great choice especially in a company such as Thames Water that looks after each employee and makes sure they are on track
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Thames Water?
In terms of tips, it would be general notes for all interviews, including selling yourself to the interviewer and read up on company history that may give extra points. Interviews both on the phone and in person can be practised and learnt for the best outcome, in gaining the job
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