1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Learning maintenance and faulting techniques from a dedicated team which are used to keep the railway in good order for the British public. Everyday I learn something new and something that I'll be able to use in a full time job at the end of the scheme.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new maintenance and faulting skills with many more to come as a result of future scheduled training courses. I have also developed previous skills such as team building, communication and ability to work with new people.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It's a fun and rewarding experience with a clear and obvious goal to reach at the end of the apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
Yes I do, my depot manager and colleagues are constantly checking up on my progress and doing their best to aid my learning.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have scheduled training courses over the course of two years, with regular 12 week meetings with my depot manager to monitor my current progress and see how I'm doing and what I'm learning.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
When I go to the training courses they provide me with all the support I need to learn what I need to know, and while I'm at my depot the staff members at Manchester Vitoria are all more than willing to provide me with any information I need.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
If I have any requests or need anything for my job then there is always someone around to help, whether it be ordering new Personal Protective Equipment, or any questions I have and need help with.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I personally think that the 2nd year wage is very hard to live off as an adult. Although it may be different for people who are 18 without too much responsibility, at 21/22 it's hard to maintain a normal lifestyle whilst paying bills and having responsibilities. I personally can't wait till I can apply for a full time job in January so that I don't have to struggle from month to month. 3 years is a long time to be earning a low income. However I do understand why it is done.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Not in terms of work, but obviously I can socialise with work colleagues outside of work hours.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
A potential job for life which has good career opportunities and the potential to earn a good wage after the 3 years have passed.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Budget their wage, try and save up as much as you can in the first year as the 2nd and 3rd year back home will be a struggle finically. However, as long as you're willing to learn and show effort you will enjoy your Network Rail experience and earn a good career with them.
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