Part of the Energy Department PC&A team, in charge of deploying new kit around site and upgrading the process control infrastructure within the department. A site-wide network of pipes, cables, optical fibre and other equipment.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working at Tata where I felt I was part of my team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
i felt really valued by my colleagues and supervisor. They trusted me with various tasks and gave me all the guidance I needed at all times.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was lucky to have the best supervisor/manager ever. He really provided me with everything I needed to learn, test my skills and get used to industrial engineering activities.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of work wasn't overwhelming. There were days when I would step out of the office just after 8 pm and go on site to work on issues, returning to the office in the afternoon/evening and there were days with mostly office work, or days with not much to do. Quite balance workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility to manage contractors on site and arrange for quotes and work parties to come on site and do work for us. Also learned how to fill in the work permits from outside contractors and take them through the chain of approval. I also managed some OPs and aquisitions in SAP.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Tata Steel really invests a lot in their young talents, apprentices and graduate. A significant amount of training, courses and practical workshops were provided and the skills I gained will help me throughout life and career
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My collegues were a really jolly bunch and there was always time for a little banter, especially during lunchtime break in the office block kitchen. Really good laugh.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
For me as a person with electrical engineering I can say there is significant space for improvement in the placement year schedule/ programme. It was mostly mechanical engineering oriented and there weren't many tasks for electrical and PC&A people. (Process Controll & Automation)
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Significant investment thanks to the Company and the Welsh Government through European Funding significant courses were provided and fully paid by the entities mentioned above.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Tata are offering a competitive anual pay, a £1250 bonus for graduates who were on placement with the company and return to work after University Graduation. And anual pay rises plus three monthly bonuses. I was offered a permanent job to return after graduation.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As far as I know there was but being scattered all around the steel works various departments we didn't meet too often.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I really enjoyed South Wales! Swansea bay was a great area with great views and lovely people. Live was quite cheap and what Tata pay you is good money for this area. Used to live in Swansea an drive every day to Port Talbot to work. Around 20-25 mins drive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great nightlife in Swansea, plenty of places to go, especially on Wind Street.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?