1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role on a day to day basis is to climb electrictity transmission towers and carry out maintenance work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt plenty of new skills which have helped me be able to do this job, and I have developed many skills which I already had.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme, as I am getting the training I need to be able to carry out the job on a day to day basis.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
I do feel valued, as they have put a lot of time, money and effort in to training me to be able to do my job.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very well structured as we have learnt alot allowing us to go to site and do the jobs at hand required of us.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our group receive alot of support from our trainers, if we don't know anything we will go and speak to them and they will clear up any queries.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
National Grid will support us if needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As an apprentice while training at Eakring, we don't really have any costs as food and travel is covered for us. As for salary, every one would like a bit more! But for an apprenticeship, it is very well paid and not your average £2 whatever an hour.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few opportunities to do outside of work, like the gym, football, swimming, bowling and a few other activities.
9. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend?
I would definitely recommend National Grid to a friend, as the benefits from this company are very good. You get a thorough amount of training from people who know what they are doing and have done the job your are doing now. The qualifications you can gain along the way are fantasic and can certainly broaden your horizons, with possible work abroad in countries such as America and Australia.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid?
To others applying to National Grid, I would tell them to get your head down and work hard, the benefits you can get are very good, qualifications, possibilities of work in another country. Work hard now and reap the benefits later.
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