1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Training for a role in maintaining network rail's telecommunications infrastructure
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Electrical skills and electricians skills, as well as about the railway and telecom infrastructure.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program has the potential to be great but as this year is the last in the current location, the transition has been anything but smooth.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
Network rail cares for its employees very well and I feel valued by this company as an apprentice.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course began organised but as news of the impending transition became known the tutors began to leave and the organisation has suffered as a result. Next year will be better, most likely.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Wereceive support from Babcock via apprentice support officers who we can approach with any issues.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have access to all of network rails support services, including validium. We are also encouraged to join trades unions.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For older apprentices with bills or other responsibilities, the wage is wholly inadequate for the first year.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have access to the naval gym and pool facilities as well as various sports clubs and fitness programmes. We also have opportunity to partake in team building exercises.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a chance to get a long term job with (eventually) decent pay, as well as learn a new skill whilst enjoying the opportunity to increase your fitness and grow as a person.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Expect a year of sharing a room with others and spending your time either doing work, gaining new skills and improving your fitness. If you come to the course with a will to apply yourself, you will do well.
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