1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
my role is as an apprentice turbine technician is to help with maintenance procedures and servicing teams. I work offshore, we travel by boat to get out into the field of where we work. This takes roughly between an hour and a half and two hours, depending on the tide. Once we get on the turbine we carry out our set tasks.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I've learnt many skills since I've started with sse. my first job when I went offshore was what we call a PM, this is preventative maintenance. which is a monthly or 6 monthly set task for each turbine. There is a list of things that need checking and if they are not in order then we change/fix them. For example the outer lights need to always be on, so if there broken we change them.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Currently I am very happy with my programme, I'm enjoying every moment of it. I'm learning new skills and having new experiences with going out offshore on the boats. The people I work with are great at helping me pick skills up and tips along the way. as well as boosting my confidence.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the programme I am on is very well structured, I am currently doing two days at work and two days and college. on Wednesdays and Thursdays I go to college in Lowestoft, east coast. Then with the other apprentice we alternate in turns of having a long weekend, either the Friday or Monday off.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support from my employer, not only from my line manager but from the whole of the work team. everyone helps me with anything I have, any question si have requiring work or anything else they help me with. all my uniform was sorted out before I started so there was no problems requiring that.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I had lots of support from my training provider, I had to do my GWOs before being able to go offshore, this included working at heights, sea survival and fire awareness. these were all very good and gave me a insight to how thing could change for the worse and how to deal with them safely and correctly.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I needed the training from the provider in order to go offshore with the rest of my work colleagues, GWO stands for Global Wind Organisation. it helps be perform better in my role because I now know how to perform a rescue from a turban if there was ever to be an accident.
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 isn't any of the above in my work place, however we do go out for a social every month with our shift and any others that want to come, this is normally a breakfast down near the local café where we can talk about the month or any other topics.
9a. Would you recommend SSE to a friend?
they are a very good company who want the best for anyone who is working for them, they place very good training in line for the people that require it or want it. I would highly recommend sse to anyone, either an apprenticeship or trainee or any other. especially for me I've had no problems with settling in to the team.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to SSE?
I would advise anyone who is hoping to apply for sse to get a good overall understanding of the field that they would apply for, this is because then you would stand out from anyone else who is applying, it shows that you've taken time to look into the field of work.
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