1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current job title is OLE Apprentice and my daily tasks are to monitor and maintain the overhead lines on a section of track in the north west of England. As an inexperienced employee my responsibilities aren't big however I will be part of a team to maintain the overhead lines.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills whilst undergoing my first year of the apprenticeship and once completed will leave with engineering BTEC's, NVQ's and also a qualification in ILM.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme as working with a group of fantastic people always makes the experience more enjoyable and because of this helps to work better in a team.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I do feel valued by the company as they put the time and resources into getting me through my apprenticeship and to help become a part of the company itself by qualifying me as a technician.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall the organisation is good ,however parts of the training have become a noticeable problem and because of this I do not feel I am getting all the required information to carry out work which has been set for me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am provided with a lot of support and this is a strong area of the training programme, if struggling with work the tutors are always willing to use their free time to help and support us through the work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support not only with the work but also mentally as been away from home, family and friends can prove quite challenging but the staff are always there to get you though it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Overall for the first years wage it does meet all the requirements needed to purchase the necessary supplies to enjoy yourself but also ensure you've enough to eat on a daily basis.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
With working outside I don't feel there is as much as I'd like, this is because most of the work is theory and because of this requires to be sat in a class room trying to engulf all the information needed.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great opportunities to build new and improves current life and work skills, gives the opportunity to set yourself up for life in a secure and caring company and it gives opportunities to advance further up in the food chain.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Relax when going through application stages, sell yourself as best as you can, be pro active and research basic information about the company and what they do as well as future projects, but most importantly be honest as the company runs off the 'honesty is the best policy' you will be more respected and accepted this way.
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