overhead line team leader at Network Rail

Start Date:
2013
Location:
reading
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
Review Date:

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Review Score

4.0/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

5/10

The 1st year of the apprenticeship was much like school. We are treated as children rather than employees and made to feel very patronised by staff. The 2nd and 3rd year are spent at depots completing work reports and NVQ reports whilst going on the appropriate training courses which are (poorly) orgsnised by the apprenticeship.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

6/10

Learnt a vast array of new skills throughout the apprenticeship in particular leadership and organising skills. The skills learnt will help me further my career.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

2/10

The apprenticeship is what you make of it, i felt certain aspects were poorly planned and managed which lowered my enjoyment rate a lot.

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?

3/10

As a company i feel looked after and a valuble asset. On the apprenticeship however i felt different especially first year where i was made to feel patronised and not an employee by babcock staff.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

3/10

Poorly steuctured and organised throughtout the 3 years. The 1st year could gave been condensed into a few months there was a lot of sitting around. There was no need for the apprenticeship to be in portsmouth which is a ridiculos place to locate it for obvious reasons. The 2nd and 3rd year course dates were changed numerous times which made it frustrating to plan personal life, also the marking of the NVQs and the process was uneccesarily stressful.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

6/10

For the most part you are left to sort yourself out but when i have needed support the apprenticeship was more than happy to help.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

6/10

For the most part you are left to sort yourself out but when i have needed support the apprenticeship was more than happy to help.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

4/10

As i relocated for the apprenticeship i had a living allowance which was not enough in my opinion and the wage isnt too bad considering i was an apprentice.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

1/10

No

9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

Good pay, treated well and career for life.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *

Stay safe and you cant go wrong

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