1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job title: Overhead-line engineering apprentice
Assigned to a team and follow their work rota, daily tasks involve going on patrols both during the day time and night time, able to learn a lot quick as you come across many different faults.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my short time on the railway I have learnt a lot about the infrastructure of the railway and the responsibility's of Network rail. I have been on several training courses so far, one including my "working at heights" training, allowing to work safety at heights.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working as part of a team and I see this as a career for life
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
i feel valued as an employee however i do feel the overall organization of the company could be improved
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organization of the apprenticeship program i feel is very good, for example i have my timetable for next years training courses, this enables me to plan around these.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
During my time at Westwood the tutors were very helpful and always helped students who asked for help with assignments. The attitude of the people i work with is very good and we are all treated as equals.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
i received emails regular informing me of upcoming work and online documents showcasing information on certain tools and machinery.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As an apprentice our salary is not too good when compared to other apprenticeships
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
i recently played in a work football game where two departments played each other.
9. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
Good career, pays a lot (when qualified), provides job stability, meet lots of new people, spend time in different parts of the country for training purposes.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?
research network rail, for example up coming projects and a brief understanding of how network rail functions.
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