1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Substation Apprentice, maintain, inspect and repair substation equipment
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Hand skills have improved dramatically as well as low voltage work such as wiring.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it the majority of the time and find it hard to think of a time when i thought this wasn't the right job for me.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
I feel like I am of high value. I am consistently told I am the future of the company and I am always respected by others.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It has changed small amounts throughout the year which was good. The only problem being a delay for next years time table has stopped all planning for holidays etc for next year.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is a huge help, they offer after work revision classes for those who are struggling and overall make sure everyone's interested and is understanding what is being said.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I know that if I need support it is there for me. A quick email would allow them to know support is needed and it will be done. At the moment they are feeding us with encouragement and enthusiasm as well as confidence
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is excellent, I am able to drive a nice car and have money in shares and still have some left for me to do whatever I please with.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As an apprentice, no
9. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend?
The company itself is outstanding and is definitely a career I would recommend. The qualifications you gain as well as the salary makes applying for the national grid apprenticeship a no brainer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid?
Be confident with what you are saying. Make sure you know and understand what you are speaking about. Be willing to ask questions and open to answer them.
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