I knew people employed by WPD who always spoke well of the company. It seemed like somewhere you could have a career for life and continuously progress.
At the beginning a Trainee Engineers role is to observe and learn. As the scheme goes along you are expected to put what you’ve learnt into action. A typical week will involve, going out on site to observe a job or get involved in the job, writing reports, working towards getting authorizations. You are also required to go to university on block release so some weeks will be filled with revision and assignments.
For me the best thing is the relationships I’ve formed with my colleagues. There’s a lot to learn and they will help you along the way.
There is always someone more than willing to help you, whether that is when you’re out on site or in the office. I think this is because most of us had to start in a similar position, working up from an apprenticeship or a traineeship. That support really makes the difference in your progression.
Never being afraid to ask for help. Don’t pretend to understand something when you don’t. When on a job, when writing a report, when working towards an authorisation or studying for university. Ask for help when you need it and utilize the resources available to you.
The progression on the scheme is a great incentive in itself. Each stage sees you gaining more responsibility and gaining a lot of technical knowledge. With each new stage you get a pay rise which always feels good because you’ve worked hard for it and you’ll have deserved it.
Getting this job was a great achievement to me; moving away from home, adjusting to a new city and a new job will always be a massive deal so I’m proud of myself for getting here and staying here. Hitting each milestone will only add to the achievement as I realise how much more I know now than when I started.
It’s a challenging scheme; you’re not always going to understand everything straight away. My biggest challenge was not being embarrassed to say when I needed help. The important thing is that you stop and ask for help, ask people to explain things even if it’s more than once.
Apply. It may be challenging but it’s a great opportunity; the knowledge, experience and relationships you’ll gain will make it worth it.