1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job Title: Track Renewal/Engineering Apprentice.
My day-to-day tasks vary very much:
So far I have completed a number of health and safety and tools training courses.
Over the 3 years of my apprenticeship i will spend time on placements in various departments, on track and in an office environment. I will have block release to a college for learning and take part in various classes to further my knowledge and understanding of the permanent way and engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
A number of health and safety and tools training courses. I have also developed manual handling skills for working on the permanent-way. Once I have been on further placements, training courses and gained more qualifications I believe I will develop more skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoruoughly enjoy that my work is very varied and interesting. I get on well with my fellow apprentices as well as the trainers and other colleagues I have come across so far on my career journey. The company culture is positive, and the majority of people are very helpful and look out for each other; with regards to health and safety and personally. The positivity and support has exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Transport for London?
I have regular interaction with my manager who is very supportive and positive. There are also opportunities which I have been notified of to take part in extra apprenticeship events. So far I feel very valued by Transport for London.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction and training has been very informative, support was and still is always on hand. My manager is regularly in contact and all senior members of staff have so far made it clear that they are always there for any kind of support or assistance required. The course is structured in such a way that I am given a taste of a wide variety of different tasks and departments which enables me to pick up a number of different skills, which i believe is excellent.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My trainers at TFL have been extremely helpful and supportive, anything that i needed extra help with or was unsure of, I was given the additional help that I required. I am yet to start my college course with my external learning provider and have only had an induction so far.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager and senior members of staff are always available if needed, to contact regarding work matters or personal matters; which is comforting and reassuring. Regarding learning, support and extra help (if required) is always available.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I believe my salary is excellent for an apprentice living in London and I believe that the salary progression is also very good. Having free travel on all TFL services also relieves a massive financial burden.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a number of company and social events available and easy to access for members of staff, further details are available to access on the staff intranet. I am yet to partake in any 'extra-curricular' activities with the company but plan to do so in the future.
9. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
I feel as if I have job security at Transport for London. The salary is very good, there is career progression. There are regularly opportunities to further learning and expand your knowledge once your initial training is complete and there are other great benefits.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
I would advise individuals to make sure that the role they apply for is something that they have carefully thought about and are sure that they will enjoy, are enthusiastic about and will be well suited to. I think if possible it would be a good idea to try and get some experience or qualifications in the field you are trying to enter as this may be found to be impressive, but by all means it is not essential. I would also advise, that the application process is taken very seriously and full concentration and effort is taken.
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