1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The first year involves a combination of engineering theory in the form of the BTECH level 3 or Practical training towards an NVQ. Also ILM and Sport are a part.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I have learned lots about the railway infrastructure along with developing practical engineering skills. The theory is also interesting
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy learning some of the theory, however the practical element of the course is very good and has enabled me to develop my skills.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
Network Rail do encourage and invest in ensuring that the training provided is good and there is a great deal of support on offer.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of doing the theory is good and enables knowledge before going onto the railway in the second and third year to improve skills
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The instructors from the training provider are generally approachable and will give support both to develop skills and academically.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is good support in place. There is always someone who concerns could be addressed to and acted upon internally throughout the scheme
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It is ok compared with other apprenticeships. Costs including food, accommodation and transport are included in the first year as it is a residential course.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. There are opportunities in sport with football and for other events such as half marathons. Being a residential course opportunities can be arranged.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a good company to work for in a growing and ever prosperous industry. Network Rail generally look after their staff and the apprenticeship leads to a good long term career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Make yourself aware of the company and what it does and the variety of opportunities available. Ensure to have good teamwork skills and be safety conscious with a strong enthusiasm and desire to learn.
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