Signals apprentice at Network Rail

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£8,600 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My chosen discipline is signals, where I am part of a class of 15 individuals. We undertake various classes based around this subject with the majority focused around electricity in both practical building projects and theory elements.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


During this apprenticeship I will gain a level 3 BTEC qualification as well as a level 3 ILM in leadership and management. over my first year I have gained knowledge in practical activities such as wiring, soldering and electrical testing. As well as develop leadership skills through practical activities.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I have enjoyed the practical elements more than the theory as I feel I am gaining more knowledge that will be of use in the future, rather than some of the theory classes which I feel take up some valuable time here.

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?


I think as apprentices we are values because of the way the scheme is seen as improving the company for the future. The cost of training individuals is high which means desire for us to succeed is high.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My induction at the NRTC was one of the best parts so far over the year as I think that is where I have learnt most about the job I am moving into. the trainers have been helpful and offered assistance if you have shown willing to put the work in. I do feel that some of the subjects have to much time set a side for them meaning that some time is wasted that could be used on other subjects. I have received enough time to complete each assignment on time.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


For each assessment or assignment I think I have been fully briefed and have understood the task. If I did require additional information it has not been difficult to seek it from tutors. I have also received additional exam time due to dyslexia which has benefitted.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


we have regular meetings with a ASO which gives me the opportunity to air any problems I may have. As well as the tutors who mostly always check to see if individuals are on track to complete.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I think the salary is fair at present because our living costs and accommodation is provided as well as meals whilst we are here. Travel is provided each day to take us to our place of training as well as on designated breaks where we are given paid travel home via trains. Network rails also pay a fee to allow us to use on site leisure facilities.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


after the working day is done there are usually a variety of activities available in the evening although most of these involve a type of sport or exercise which can put some people off. Other types of activities are provided but less regularly. we are also able to arrange our own activities with the help of staff.

9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

I would recommend this apprenticeship to another person as I feel it has good potential to give you career. The facilities next year will be better as the scheme is currently moving location.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *

I would tell anyone thinking of applying to do it as I would of liked the opportunity at a younger age. As long as the act professional and are themselves during the assessment and interview they shouldn't have anything to worry about. Once a part of the scheme I would encourage them to do as much as possible with their time here.

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