1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
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?
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?
Very enjoyable day-to-day.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Year 2 salary meets my costs adequately.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
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? *
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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