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Meet Tom

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

I knew that it was a good company to work for with excellent terms and conditions, I also wanted an outdoor job that involved getting out and about and allowed me to work locally.

A typical week’s work includes; carrying out new connections, repairing faults on the network and renewing redundant equipment.

We carry out a variety of work over the course of a year including substation replacements which can last several months, this variety of work keeps the job interesting and enjoyable.

I enjoy not doing the same task day after day and travelling to different places, one day you can be working in the middle of Shrewsbury and the next day you can be working in a remote village.

The work culture here is very good, everyone here is friendly and try very hard to help you along with getting your tasks/jobs required for the apprenticeship.

To be successful here it is important to be willing to work hard and bring a good attitude. It is important to be able to listen and take on the knowledge of the craftspeople you work with.

There are plenty of progression opportunities available within the firm, a large number of the engineers/technicians in the office were field staff in the past.

The training courses that you complete over the course of your apprenticeship are enjoyable and help to build up your knowledge of the job.

My biggest achievement so far has probably been completing my first live joint safely and competently.

Probably struggling to locate a cable fault, I went back to the beginning and used the knowledge and experience of the jointer I was with to successfully find the fault.

Go for it, it is a decision that you won’t regret!