Fibre Jointer at BT

Start Date:
2016
Location:
Gloucester
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£22,500 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

Review Score

6.9 /10

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

7/10

My role is a fibre jointer. I am responsible for building the fibre network to a high quality standard. My work involves all aspects of fibre jointing ranging from new sites, exchanges, rural areas and buisnesses. Each day I am doing something different which helps me to build my skills.

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

8/10

I have learnt many new skills as well as becoming a more confident individual within myself and as part of a team. I have learnt how the fibre industry works and the role it plays from the beginning of the network all the way through to the end customer.I have learnt how to build this network

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

The thing I like about the job the most is that I am working on something different everyday, I am not doing the same thing over and over. I also like the fact that I feel like I have learnt something and that I have a useful recognised trade behind me.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

3/10

At first, I didn't actually think my programme was very well organised. There seemed to be no proper plan or schedule to follow which I found quite daunting when we had to work on the ttols after training. I found at first I had to ring round to see where I was going which seemed odd as I thought this would have all been in place

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

8/10

In terms of my manager, I do find that I have received a lot of support. I do feel like if I have a problem or an issue, I am able to speak about it without feeling under pressure if some way. I am fine with that aspect of it

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

8/10

When completing my NVQ I found that if I had any issues or problems, I was able to contact my coach who could guide me through certain questions or help to prepare me for any exams that I had to take. I could ring and he would answer any issues I had

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

6/10

A lot of my NVQ had little to no relevance to my job role as my job role was very hands on where as my NVQ was very academic based. What I did find useful though was word and Excel as I have been using them in certain aspects to record information

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.)

7/10

We do manage to go on team nights or breakfasts if our group have performed to a good level. I have also been able to go on certain trips if my application has passed to places such as bt sport studio. That was great for learning other aspects of the buisness

9a. Would you recommend BT to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I do find openreach an enjoyable place to work as I am fortunate to be working in a great team and I love the variety of my job. I am doing something different everyday and I am working in a variety of new places which I love doing. Its great.

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

Be yourself when going through the process as that is what they want to see. Come in with the attitude that you really want to learn and progress because that is what will give you a good name. Apply with the intention that this is what you want to do as it can be challenging but rewarding

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