I wanted to change career and talking to other people in the industry highlighted that WPD had very high standards of training and a well-established apprenticeship scheme which I would be able to progress with. I quite quickly realised that WPD was the place to go for a stable lifelong career.
I am an apprentice fitter so still learning every day. I move around different teams to get a wider range of experience. Our days involve installation, maintenance and repair of substations and apparatus. In the spare hours I can complete daily diaries/tasks and report write ups as part of the apprenticeship programme.
The opportunity to learn and progress and the support you get to do it.
Your commitment to your team, your willingness to learn and having pride in your work.
There is always opportunity to learn and progress. Everybody supports your progression and allows time for you to have some freedom to develop your own knowledge. After each milestone there are clear paths you can progress to if you wish. If you choose to stay in your role there are still plenty of opportunities to learn and build on your skills.
Completing my trade test 1 and my first year of my apprenticeship.
I was nervous to begin with joining the scheme, I had no idea how I would balance having a two year old, working full time and completing all the paperwork side of the apprenticeship. Everything seems to have just slotted into place.
I don’t go home stressed because nothing seems too difficult to achieve because of the amount of support I know is available to me if I really need it.
Do it! I wish I would have made the decision to apply 10 years ago.