1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a work delivery track apprentice, currently based at Babcock engineering academy where I go day to day to study and learn the criteria for my Btec and my NVQ. Day to day I work along side other people within the track discipline however there are also all of the other disciplines around the academy with a range of knowledge in both electrical and mechanical engineering. Every day I go into the academy and learn the information to pass my assignments and meet the criteria.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As well as doing an NVQ and a Btec I also study an ILM as well as passing function skills in Maths English and Ict.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I fully enjoy being a part of this apprenticeship scheme, although sometimes it is difficult being away from home, however I have the full support of the staff, room mates and friends that are on the scheme. I feel that Network rail is a great company to be a part of a team in ands its main culture will be health and safety as well as team work which is good because it makes me feel safe and comfortable.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I feel recognised to be a part of the team and the future of network rail, I get the team and I feel everyone I have met have been very polite and willing to help me gain more knowledge and information when I have asked as they are very approachable.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There has been a few mix ups since the apprenticeship is moving to Coventry which is understandable.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel that the staff are very approachable with any issues and queries I have. so I feel that I have the full support from my training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
If I have any questions I simply have to ask, I feel they are very approachable and I have they're support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Network rail pay for all my Travel, living and food costs so all of my salary is either saved or goes towards things I like so I feel it is a very reasonable salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Network rail offer a gym, as well as days out, the cohort has been paintballing and offered many other different activitys.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I feel it is a very good apprenticeship and then a very good company to work for after especially with all the benefits and the good pay.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
In the application just be honest, there are people on this course who don't come from or have any skills in engineering background like me. in your interview be confident, mention health and safety and working as a team. On the assessment day take part in the team activity don't just sit back and watch everyone else, they would prefer to see you work well as a team and fail than only one person in the team have all the input and succeed. The on boarding process is different next year however just settle in comfortably and meet people don't be shy because everyone is in the same boat. Take every experience and opportunity because the more knowledge you gain the better you will do later on and the better team player you will become.
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