1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Track Maintenance Operative, at this moment in time I am learning the skills to gain the first part of the qualification, this includes time spent in lecturers. Interactions are with my class colleagues and cohort colleagues in fitness classes. In the evenings most days we are doing assignments.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed a lot of practical skills so far , which I will be able to apply to real situations also using the Network rail principles during the course to enforce good practice.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying the program it has given me the chance to learn new skills and develop current ones. The culture is one driven by safety. It has met my expectations
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
We have reviews with Network Rail to check our progress during the course and how we are doing.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is organised ok but the units are a little spread out and it can be hard doing half days here and there. Or worse large gaps. Other than that all support and training is excellent.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive as much support as we ask for outside of lectures, if we require it there is a large support network available.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a good amount of support from my employer again the support is there depending on if we ask for it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At this moment in time it covers all costs however when I move to depot the first years salary is not large enough to cover all costs which is something echoed by all apprentices.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities and fundraisers in collaboration with other charities including the National Trust and Barnardo's
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because Network Rail are a brilliant company providing plenty of training and advice. They are investing a lot of time , money and resources into the apprentices because as they know they are the future of the workforce.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Apply early with plenty of time , prepare all materials well in advances on interviews, on assessment day present yourself well and ask plenty of questions.
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