1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Distribution and plant technician. We go to buildings and do basic maintenance such as clear vegetation and sweep the buildings. Occasionally we have tasks that are quite technical where we use our electrical knowledge, for example replacing heaters and lights.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My hand skills on the tools have improved.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work at depot but the studying is inadequate and unenjoyable
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
Network rail provide many other things outside of the working day which make you feel valued as an employee. Although it is ultimately down to how your manager treats you.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course has changed since I have started and it is not clear what qualifications I will gain.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training team for the apprenticeship are on hand to provide support all the time, but the support when you are at depot and trying to complete practical tasks can sometimes be limited.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Network rail has a good support structure once you are an employee however the rules and structure for apprentices is not the same and can be confusing leading to a lack of support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The first years wage is £8000 which is incredibly hard to live on: it is not suntanstial. The salary increases to approximately £13k and £15k which is better but still not a great wage and being an independent person is just enough to live on.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are no opportunities outside of work and even in work the opportunities are very limited.
9. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
The job is easy and is not challenging, so when you complete the course you will earn a good salary for an easy life.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?
Compare to other apprenticeships first and see what qualification you will come out with. If you decide on network rail then look at the discipline you will end up in because each discipline is vastly different.
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