1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Electrification and Plant apprentice, and on a day to day basis I am appointed to a team and travel throughout our area to carry out maintenance within the rail network. Externally I speak to suppliers and customers, and my responsibilities are to ensure that I complete my work to the best of my ability.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learnt lots of new information and skills with regard to my day-to-day job. I continue to learn whilst on the job and learn from my colleagues. In my first year, I have learnt so much knowledge that will help me throughout my life.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy going to study every day, and I feel I have learnt a lot which is going to help me throughout my career. My company is extremely good and continue to support me throughout my development.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I feel really valued, as my manager always asks how I am and how I am doing in my studies. I am due to receive a bonus at the end of the year for completing my first year, and I believe this shows good appreciation from the company as a whole as we are looked upon to be the future of the railway.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme has been conducted extremely well and I have been pleased with every aspect of it. I have particularly enjoyed both the NVQ practical work and the BTEC academic work, as they both relate to each other and I can see where I will use them in my career.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider has been excellent, whenever I have needed any help or assistance they have always been there for me, and gone the extra mile if needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is also brilliant, we have been supported very well by both the year 1 manager and the girls in the admin office, who are always there to talk to and help if it is needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel the package is very good as we are provided with accommodation and three meals a day. There is also a gym which we can use on site, and we are provided with a bus to and from work everyday. Our wages on top of this are also good, as we do not really need to spend anything.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have been given the opportunity to attend events around our area, including the local 10K and half marathon. We also are able to go to the gym, go into the town and also take the foot ferry to Portsmouth.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have recommended the apprenticeship to my friends who have wanted to get into electrical engineering but have not been able to thus far. I have said it is a fantastic opportunity within a good company that values you and will support your development throughout your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
I would say to be confident, provide evidence of any projects that you may have completed, ensure you carry out your research on the company and present yourself well. This is an excellent opportunity, and has been the best decision that I have ever made.
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