Apprentice engineer at Network Rail

Start Date:
East london
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£9,800 annually
Review Date:
May 2016

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


My role in the apprenticeship is to acquire a Btec qualification in railway engineering. I work 5 days a week and sometimes on Saturdays aswell as my industry requires a lot of weekend hours. I go to babcock engineering academy every day in which i am edicated by my instructurs in classroom and i have assignments set to acheive this.

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


Theough my time on the apprenticeship i have learnt so many skills from basic day to day skills to more complex engineering skills. I have done bench fitting whihcb requires pure skill as you are filing a peice of block for at least Twenty hours through the course. I have picked up phyical skills that will help me to succeed in the railway industry because it is labour intensive

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Initially when i joined the apprenticeship I didn't enjoy the programme due to the simple fact that i have had no engineering experience in my life. However as time went on I realised how much enjoyment there was in the programme as it all made sense once explained and i found it quite fascinating in how everything works. My programme is easy for me

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?


I feel very valued at network rail because they look after me very well and i have a sense of belonging. As well as the job they give me so many perks for example they give me twenty percent off if i was to take a phone ckntract out with o2. They also give me seventy five percent off from season rail which is amazing

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


In terms of structure it is very well because it has a good mix of things and not just sitting a class all day being board and listening to the instructor wilst he or she delivers a PowerPoint. It is well organised as the delivery is broken down into 4 sections of the day with plenty of breaks and times to ask questions.

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


I receive a massive amount of support from both my employer who is network rail amd my trainer who is babcock academy. They are always there when i need something and they are always excelling in making me succeed by giving me extra revision material and help with assignments if i don't u derstand.

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


My employer is always there for me. My manager who is mark pell is always there in the morning for breakfast in the hub and he is there to be approached if anyone has any problems or concerns or needs anything. Also sarah and sam in the office are very helpful and polite and willing to answer any questions or offer advice if needed

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


For a young person like me the salary that is offered to me is a lot of money because i come from a deprived areaa and being bought up in a council estate. I have so much money left over and to spend becuae my expense is very little as the accommodation is all payed for and all my meals including breakfast is paid for.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are many opportunities outside of work as i finish at 5 pm then i go to the gym to gain strength and mass gain, i also go swimming and spend some time in the sauna and jakuzee. We also have tournments and inter house challenges which brings us all together in all different types of sports from football all the way down to rounders and tennis.

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


9b. Why? *

I would highly recommend it because this course is a lofe changer. For a young person it is a excellent opportunity to make something out of your life and attain the pinochle of success. It also allows you to learn so much in life and attain and acquire so many different types of skills which help you live your life better.

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

If you are going to apply give it your best shot becauee it is a very high demanding course with a lot of competition to get in. Although it is only a apprenticeship but peoplewho have degrees have got themselves on to this course and this shows how much of a successful apprenticeship this it. Check your application again and again

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