Mechanical and Electrical Apprentice at Thames Water

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
May 2019

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


Day to day I work with a qualified mentor who I shadow on jobs. After a few months shadowing I was active on jobs under the supervision of my mentor. When I complete a job I complete a full write up of the job including what it intailed and photos of key parts of the job. This is them read and signed my my mentor and summited as evidence towards my NVQ. I attend college once a week where I complete my Btec unit assignments.

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


I have learnt and abundance of new skills. The first year at college I was taught how to use an lathe and milking machine I was also introduced to electrical work. Since completing my first year of college I have been sore based using the skills I have learnt at college on real jobs. Since then my skills and knowledge has progressed from a basic level to a more advance level. There is endless amounts to learn.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy my programme especially the site based learning. Getting the chance to work with a variety of qualified colleagues who all have years of experience and valuable knowledge to pass on. I feel Thames if a very close knit family and I have settled on very quickly. You have access to great support throughout.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I feel the first year started well but due to incidence which took place that I feel was poorly managed the organisational side seemed to slip which had knock on affect to the apprentices. This seemed to continue for the next few months. However recently with a new manager joining the team I feel there has been really big improvements all round and the future seems more promising.

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


I feel at my site I have the full support of my managers and team. The learning and development team seemed to play a less active role however I always would feel comfortable contacting them if I needed to. I have great suppport fr activate and the college for all my educational needs.

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


I have had [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] as an assessor and I have zero complaints. He has always been very supportive very clear and consistent qith advice and what is expected. My work is always marked in a timely manor with good feed back. I always can contact him and he has never missed a meeting.

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


They go through our write ups and provide you with help and advice on how To improve. They will also look at areas you are not perming well on or haven’t summited evidence for and lias with your manager to advice what jobs you need to get to help progress.

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.)


No at this point I have always raised in meetings on site and learner voice that it would be good to have a more social element from time to time to encourage team building and for some fun. So that the day to day isn’t always serious intense meeting. Out of bound was excellent

9a. Would you recommend Thames Water to a friend?


9b. Why?

I think it is a brilliant place to work really happy here and feel valued. Thames seem to really support and encourage progression so you never feel like you are in a dead end job. I really enjoy the work and feeling like I am making a difference. Every day is different with its own challenges

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

Be yourself, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be aware and Know what you are getting into before Applying. Be honest and truthful. Don’t apply if your not willing to work hard to get where you want to go and have a willingness to learn and progress within the company.

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