1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
This year I have gone to hms sultan everyday to have lessons on subjects for my apprenticeship. This involves learning in a classroom everyday or going in a workshop and having practical lessons. The role is being educated so I can gain some engineering knowledge that will help me with my job.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have now gained a larger engineering knowledge so I know a lot more when I need to do my job. I have also gained more confidence when completing practical tasks. My practical side has improved because of new techniques I have gained from instructors.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is very good. I have learnt a lot from my first year here and I have become more experienced in engineering. It is a good programme and this is shown by how long it has been running.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I feel that network rail really values their apprentices and that is why they will invest a lot of money into it. They provide uniform and food and drink to apprentices Aswell as accommodation showing they care.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised and has been running for a very long time. So if there was any issues they have had lots of time to fix this and that is why it is well structured now. They have even organised in extra lessons when people might need to catch up.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There is lots of support offered to everyone. If people are struggling instructors are always happy to help even when they are on their breaks they will take it out of their own time to make sure that they help you. Also extra classes are held of so people can catch up on work if needed where they can get help then.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support from our employer. Network rail pays for help lines and other things to help out their workers if they need help. One of these lines is for depression so if someone is feeling down they can use that which shows that network rail helps support its workers.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All our food and living arrangements for the first year are all paid for this means we do not need to pay for this. So we then get paid more than enough to deal with our other out going costs. There is enough money left over to save up for the future.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities outside of work. We can play football on a pitch provided for us when we want to. There is a gym provided for us that we can also use l. And there are some classes held so we can go to and keep fit in them. One of these classes is circuit training which provides a helathier lifestyle.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is a good apprenticeship scheme and you can gain a lot out of completing it and it gives you a good future ahead. Also they care about their employees so they try make it fit to their needs as best as possible so they have a happy workforce.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
I would say it is definitely worth applying to the scheme as it will give you a good future if you join. Also I would say try your hardest when carrying out work as that way you can try and get the top grades the scheme has to offer. This means you will have an even better chance of getting a better job.
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