1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Substation Fitter (Apprentice). Complete basic and major equipment tasks. I work with a group of workers, ranging from CP's all the way to Engineers. Responsibilities are to remain safe and to undergo tasks to the best of my ability.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt about the HV equipment that we work on. I have also developed my tool skills, such as; hammer, drill, spanners etc. We train to complete a qualification called City and Guilds 2339.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work i do and the people i work with as they are very supportive. The programme is better than what i expected which is always a bonus.
4. How valued do you feel by National Grid?
We are all treated very well as apprentices so i would say we are valued a lot as we are the future of the company. My manager always keep up to date with me and is very helpful.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme organising is a bit all over the place as some things are not always organised. But this can be easily improved i believe with a little bit more communication internally and externally with training courses.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are always offered extra help if needed so that is good. For support all we need to do is give either our line manager or mentor an email and they will help us as best as possible.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager supports me a lot, but don't here much from the HR team. My mentor has been great with me also and always given me the guidance i needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For me it does as i am young and have no real outgoings, so i am happy. It is also great that we have expenses paid for, this just makes us all feel more valued by the company.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yeah we can visit schools or do charity events if it is organised.
9. Would you recommend National Grid to a friend?
National Grid is a very well established company with the best interests in there employees. They provide you will the start in life that you need as you can progress so far internally and externally through Grid.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to National Grid?
Just be yourself and provide all the evidence to prove you will be a great addition to the company. On interviews and assessment days just take your time and don't rush into things without thinking first.
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