1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Maintenance and faulting on the railway. including various activities everyday. This can be local work to not local work. This could be doing quarterly testing or faulting the area.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of new skills as this is something new to me. so everything has been a learning curve. So learning and benefiting from my training is important.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
On site working is great as everyday is different. The 20 week program that we start with I thought could be improved and prepare you for working depot life better. The training down south is very good as it more relatable to our jobs however the facilities on campus such as accommodation is rubbish.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The first 20 weeks at Coventry isn't that great it very long winded and the only good part was the practical side. However it goes on for far to long and I feel you dont gain much from the program. the further training at sultan is good it just the facilities itself.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer overall at depot is great and they can deal with all your issues. I found once you are not training or need advice on things whilst being away from training it is very poor. This can be an issue for any questions and course work help you may need.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
When you are at your training provider a lot but once you are away it is terrible. You don't hear from them very easily. However, the admin team try and help but they cant answer all your questions.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The sultan training helps a lot and brings on your knowledge and is very relatable to your job. However the first 20 weeks was a waste of time.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
Overall they look after you as an employer and working for them I do enjoy. As I do enjoy going to work and working with the people I work with now.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?
It can be tough, and it may appear to what you think it is. As the apprentice sideof network rail on the website is rubbish and it doesn't explain what you get up to with the various job roles. However, it gets better and you learn a lot from the experience.
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