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Meet Patrick

Read Patrick's interview to see what he thinks about working with us at Western Power Distribution.

WPD is a prestigious company to work for, who offer great pay, a good pension and other benefits. My last job as a carpenter didn’t offer me much career progression, with WPD I have the opportunities to constantly progress and grow as a person.

As a network fitter I work on the 11kV and LV network. A typical day could be anything from a switchgear/ transformer maintenance, installing new substation apparatus, cable box repairs and panel wiring. 

A lot of time is spent in the office, as part of my apprenticeship I have to write up daily diaries and reports on the tasks that I’m doing. 

Each day is different and I’m learning my new craft whilst gaining invaluable knowledge from my colleagues.

The best thing about the job is the variety it brings, everyday I’m at a different location doing a different task. The training is great, my colleagues are always willing to help me and there are plenty of opportunities to progress in my career.

The culture has definitely an emphasis on safety, taking responsibility for my own and others safety. Customers are very important too, we have targets to get customers back on supply. A normal day involves good camaraderie amongst the team, but once the time comes to get the customer back on supply, we know the importance of this and the roles within our team.

The ability to work within a team and treat others as you would like or be treated. To work hard, have pride in your work and to use initiative to get the job done.

I have just finished my training courses for my specific role as a fitter and my Level 2 City & Guilds, I am currently doing my Level 3 City and Guilds which was offered to me by WPD as an opportunity to progress. I think if you’re willing and able then the possibilities to progress and learn are endless.

Completing the first year of my apprenticeship.

I had previously not been successful for the apprenticeship, so the challenge when I next applied was to prove I was the right person for the job. I proved this by showing evidence of further study giving me the confidence in the interview.

Do it! It’s a great career and a job for life. You gain an understanding of the electrical distribution network, earn good money and there are opportunities to further your career.