1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The first year consists of studying in the Babcock Engineering Academy completing work for our BTEC and NVQ in Engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, the academy has a wide range of instructors all with different backgrounds who can teach you a variety of engineering skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The first year in HMS Collingwood/Sultan has started to drag towards the end but I am looking forward to starting working at my depot.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
There is more contact with the Babcock staff than the Network Rail staff as they are the ones who provide the training but when I get to my workplace I will feel more valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall the programme is good but there have been times where there has been uncertainty over plans and arrangements.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
All of the Babcock staff are willing to support you and check your work during break times as they are all wanting you to succeed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again, it is Babcock who provide the training so it will be Babcock who are most influential regarding the training.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At the moment we have no expenses so the pay is okay for the situation we are in. The second year wage increases so it can meet our travel and living costs which is good.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are often sports events and activities for outside of work hours but these have gotten fewer as the year progressed.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It sets you up for a very promising future in an engineering environment and you are working with a company that can give you a rewarding job.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Research the company and the role that you would be applying for. Also have a look into the engineering developments of the railway network.
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