1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves attending gas sites to complete maintenance on the equipment there. Making sure it is in a safe operating condition. This can be anything from a light fitting to a flow weight meter. I am currently learning the skills needed to be fully competent myself and this is being done by going out with trained technicians and supporting them in the jobs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have improved my team work by completing in team activities from the start of the apprenticeship. I have done this in general at college and sites but have also been on an outward bound course where we focused on improving this with a variety of people I did not know. I have also started to improve my testing abilities as I have learned the requirements for the job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program has given me the opportunity to learn a very useful set of skills needed to progress in the job I am doing. It has also gave me the chance to get out and about visiting different sites and places each week. The training provided has been good but maybe a little less specific for the job than it could have been.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program has been organised pretty well with it being clearly stated what courses we are going on and rough times for us to have completed set assessments. There has been a few changes of course times as and when needed, and a few more relevant courses have been booked in for a later time than I would hope of. But this is due to availability of the trainer and not much can be done.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support offered has been good so far with help provided when requested. The technicians out and about have taught in a good manner getting me involved as much as possible so I can get good hands on learning. When tools have been needed my patch leader has been quick to order some in.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider has stated clearly the time frame for the course and when around they want assessments to be started and finished. They have sent out help packs for the testing I am doing and are looking at creating additional packs to help guide us on future assessments, providing the knowledge needed about the tests being done.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualifications we are getting have been relevant to the job being undertaken, providing the knowledge for the test being done out on sites. Some of the courses we have done have been relevant to the industry but to a slightly different side of it, bascon turner testing for instance.
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.)
I am unaware of any at the current time but have not been in the job much yet. I do know that they hold charity fundraisers and support a set charity which changes every few years but have not been able to attend one yet. With my patch team we have had a meal around Christmas time and talked about having one more often.
9a. Would you recommend Cadent Gas to a friend?
They are a good company to work for providing good training and support along the way. There is no massive pressure to complete stuff early along as it is done within a reasonable time and before the apprenticeship is completed. The job also gives you the chance to get around visiting different sites all the time.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cadent Gas?
Look into what the job you are applying for involves making sure it suits who you are as you will get the most enjoyment out of it if you do. Also to take into consideration if they will be okay being away from home as this is a big part when it comes to training with facilities all over the uk.