Telecoms Apprentice at Network Rail

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Across NW
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
Review Date:

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Review Score

7.8/10

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

8/10

As a telecoms apprentice, I spend most days working with a technician - we have a conference call in the morning where we decide on the day's work, then go out and do it! Every 3 months I spend 2 weeks back at the Training Centre doing more training.

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

8/10

As well as the job-specific skills to do with telecoms maintenance and fault diagnosis, I've developed communication and presentation skills, as well as First Aid, Health & Safety and Railway safety.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

Very enjoyable day-to-day.

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?

8/10

Apprentices are genuinely seen as the future at Network Rail, and I feel very valued by everyone I meet.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

5/10

The programme is fairly well organised. However, as Telecoms is a small discipline, some aspects of the program feel designed for Track/Signalling, and don't work quite as well for us.

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

9/10

Good support throughout first year during full-time training. Training in y2/3 is supplied by employer.

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

9/10

Lots of support available if needed, both locally and through the apprenticeship team if needed.

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

7/10

Year 2 salary meets my costs adequately.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

7/10

Lots of activities outside work in the first year. Year2 is much more dependent on local manager and area.

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

Yes

9b. Why? *

Good company to work for, good scheme, good prospects at the end of it.

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

Go for it!

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