Jennifer Turay

Power Networks Technician

Jennifer’s job title is Substation Craftsperson Apprentice at National Grid

What I do

We are the people behind all the electricity supply and we bring it to companies to distribute to houses, schools and so on. We have all sorts of equipment in our substations to move the electricity around, and we have to maintain it. We make sure all the equipment is running and in good condition, as well as checking around the site, if the weeds are too high for example. We do safety walks to ensure no one has tried to tamper with fencing. We have to keep these sites safe.

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How I became a technician

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What I love most about my job

I am torn between travel and the people I work with, because I have been up and down the UK to places that I never would have been to, but I have also made great friends here who have helped me on my journey. I wouldn’t have made it through the three-year apprenticeship without their help. We have fun when we work together, too.

My hobbies

I read a lot and try to cook when I can. I also like knitting and I am learning the ukulele too.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

As an apprentice, we don’t get a huge amount of responsibility at first but recently I have been given more. Today, I had to drive a flatbed truck to and from some of the sites. I’ve never done that before and I was pleased that they trusted me to do it.

The next steps in my career journey

I can move up to Project Lead and manage my own team. Then I would like to move up again and have more money and more authority. I enjoy the practical side of my job but sometimes I would like to have some time in an office or travelling around planning jobs.

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