1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an apprentice working for the London Underground currently completing an apprenticeship in track engineering. My role is to be able to assist and learn to carry out maintenance and inspection activities on the the track whilst working alongside other members of the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a range of news skills and have developed existing skills as I have never worked in this industry before I have been learning a lot of new skills each day. Which in turn has help me gain vast knowledge of the railway industry and how I can contribute to it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I feel that I am really enjoying the apprenticeship as I have learnt a vast amount of new skills and gained knowledge of what I need to carry out my role within the company effectively.
4. How valued do you feel by Transport for London?
I feel highly valued in that I was chosen out of many candidates and will become a fully quillified track engineer by the end of my apprenticeship. Everyone that I have worked with in the business has always been there to help me with any questions or problems I have which makes you really feel apart of the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that my programme is well structured and organised. In that I am always aware of where I need to be each week and what equipment paperwork i need to bring each working day.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I revive a lot of support from my training provider when needed especially when it comes to compelling courses and being given all the relevant material and guidance in order to get the most out of my apprenticeship.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Through my employer I also recive a lot of support if I require it. Especially when it comes to gaining the knowledge and privileges of working for the company and how I can improve on existing skills and gain new ones.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I'm an apprentice the pay is probably one of the best I've had in comparison to what other apprentices get from other business's. Also as I receive 75% reimbursement off my train ticket and a final salary pension it definitely meets my costs and will continue to grow as I progress through the business.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work in regards to networking around the business and being able to gain other opportunities and knowledge about other sectors and people around the business.
9. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
Because I have been given the opportunity to work for the biggest company in the country and have gained a lot of experience and knowledge of the railway industry. Plus you get many benefits for working in TFL in regards to the pension, discounts and pay.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
Ensure you research into the various jobs around the London Underground to ensure that you choose a job role that's best suited to you and the one that you are going to enjoy the most.
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