1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a track apprentice, my daily tasks include attending an academy where i study to subjects to a level 3 qualification. i have interactions with both my colleagues as well as tutors within classes. My responsibilities at the moment only consist of attending my classes as well as a separate personal development course.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt new skills in my level 3 subjects, especially those that can be taken into a job specific role such as mechanical subjects. Overall i have learnt a lot and will take these skills into my next stage of training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Overall i have enjoyed the programme, I enjoy the team i work with and have made some really good friends, the company is very well respected, it met my expectations, overall i have enjoyed my experiences
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I have not had much interaction with my manager, this is good and bad, good in the sense i have not been in trouble, bad because i do not have any understanding where i am in relation to the course. I have had some interaction with my year 2 manager who has gave me information on my depot and what his expectations.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was organised whereby all the apprentices mixed, it has a programme that introduced the academy and subjects. The training is not so well organised, with subjects being split apart sometimes with months in between which makes it very difficult to remember what you last learnt, the support network is ok with support officers you can talk to. overall the programme organisation has not been the best
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive support from tutors, i can take work to them to be checked before submitting which helps greatly, i have also had good feedback in a piece of work needs resubmitting.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have had a meeting set up with HR during my time here where i have been able to discuss any problems with them, as well as asking questions relating to future aspects of my course. my mentor has been helpful being in contact with email.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The accommodation and food is supplied free for the first year as you stay on a naval base, this keeps living costs down, travel is supplied for certain times such as christmas and easter leave. there are no daily costs and the salary supports my current expenses such as phone bills.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Outside of work there is a gym facility that is supplied with areas for sports, an equipment store where items can be signed out of, once or twice a week activities are also set up for the apprentices to do such as quizzes.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend this programme as it gives a good background knowledge in engineering as well as a level 3 qualification, the accommodation and food are adequate and the job at the end is worth it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
I would recommend that applicants just be themselves and try there hardest, having a good confident attitude will help as the scheme is always looking for prospective leaders. i would say to make the most of the course and what you will learn and join in with as much as you can.
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