1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Electrical & Instumentation apprentice working within the gas distribution, maintaining the electrical and instrumentational equipment on the many sites I cover in the West Midlands.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt various skills including - PEO (performing engineering operations)Wiring & Testing, maintaining electrical equipment, instrumentation and electrical knowledge and panel wiring. I will achieve various qualifications within the electrical and instrumentational sector including a level 3 and BTEC.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy every part of my programme at National Grid including the training, work colleagues, management/trainers, benefits and great opportunites they offer.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
I feel very valued by National Grid. As they say within National Grid - 'Its one team, one National Grid' meaning we are all as important as eachother proving how much respect is is recieved and given within National Grid.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised with the yearly programme given to each apprentice within National Grid so they are aware of how their year is going to be structured and so any plans can be made/arranged around them times. The programme co-ordinators are always there to help with any problems.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The tutors always run through the work in great detail ensuring that every aspect is covered and makes sure everyone in my group is aware of the job in hand. If any problems occur or help is needed the tutor/tutors are always there to give me a help in hand and guide me through the process.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My network supervisor has been extremely helpful with supporting me through my apprenticeship and has helped in getting me anything extra i need including a works van, extra PPE, sorting out expenses, arranging work to suit me and my training needs and making me feel part of the team instantly. My training programme manager has also been very helpful supporting me and every other apprentice through the process and supporting us with guidance wherever he can.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary/package/benefits are the best i have ever seen on an apprenticeship. They cover travel costs, accomodation costs, food bills etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
National Grid provide many opportities outside of work including team building activities and charity events.
9a. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a great company to work for with many benefits, great opportunites, excellent colleagues and have a great training structure.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid? *
Be patient, be yourself and think about the application process questions before answering them and make sure you do your homework on National Grid as a company, what they do and what area you want to become a part of.
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