1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Telecoms Technician Apprentice 3rd year. Conduct faulting, maintenance and other engineering tasks on safety critical railway telecoms assets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Leadership skills, communication skills, telecoms equipment and theory competencies, track safety, problem solving, electical enginnering competencies, boosted self confidence.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work side of the apprenticeship was very good and very worthwhile. The academic first year covered topics that were of little use in the workplace. Year one accommodation and food was sub-par. Apprenticeship organisation was very disorganized on occasions. Difficulties across the apprentice intake when trying to find jobs at end of scheme. Not enough vacancies for the traing that we have had.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I feel valued by my new team and by the team that I worked with as an apprentice. Do not feel valued by some of the management or apprenticeship coordinators.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Apprenticeship scheme has been consistently disorganized.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training providers provide decent support for apprentices.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots of support from colleagues and line managers. No support from upper management.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Apprenticeship wage is just about adequate.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many chances for out of work activities, especially in the first year.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The qualifications are very good on a cv and the training is great once you are in the workplace. Though it may be difficult to get a job at the rnd initially, once you do you will have chance at a well paid and stable career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Work hard, be friendly and don't let the sometimes dreadfull and stressful first year get you down. Improves greatly once that is over.
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