1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a tfl track apprentice, working a mixture of days and night shifts and learning new new things through a variety of course and placements. On days I work 0730-1530. On nights I work 2300-0600. I travel for 90 mins each way for work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Before this job I knew nothing about the railway. So far I have learnt a lot of information about the components and standards of the track and company. I have also learnt the basic skills of track patrolling and maintenance.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I like the people I work with and the fact that i go to a different place each night. This makes it enjoyable coming to work and keeps me learning about different types of track. I'm keen to learn more about the track and its components and standards to expand my knowledge of the railway as I enjoy it and look forward to the future.
4. How valued do you feel by Transport for London?
I feel that tfl is a great company to work for however I have been made aware by many staff how easy it is to loose your job. Tfl has given me benefits of a final salary pension and free staff and nominee Oyster cards. This makes me feel part of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the programme is organised and structured very well by my manager. I think he does a very good job setting up our placements and courses. I think he is a great help on this apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive great support from my training provider through my various managers. I am always kept updated about my apprenticeship via emails and reviews. I'm always asked if I need support during my apprenticeship.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive great support from my employer through my various managers. I am always kept updated about my apprenticeship via emails and reviews. I'm always asked if I need support during my apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I find the apprenticeship salary very comfortable in how it meets my costs. I can comfortably save money and still buy the things I need with the money I earn.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities outside of work to network and socialise with other employees. I have made friends through the apprenticeship via my track programme.
9a. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think the company is a great company to work for. This is because it has great benefits including good pay, good holiday, paid sickness, pay increase for working nights and a final salary pension.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London? *
Apply early in the year. Practice your interview skills. Research the company and its goals and structure. Speak to somebody within the company and ask for any tips that might help you get in.
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