Apprentice first year at Network Rail

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£10,000 annually
Review Date:
July 2019

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Review Score

8.9 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


For the first year it is mainly classroom based at a site in around near Coventry where I spend at least 5 months taking part in theory lessons and learning about the railways in the uk and the signalling as well as practicing the correct methods of fault finding and wearing correct PPE

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


When I started I was completely new to the railway and as time went on I learnt new things such as how the railway is run and funded as well as what is needed to ensure everyone works safely. I have developed my skills in being able to work under a tight time limit

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


My programme is and can be stressful at times as it is quite intense and there is a lot to learn with not that much time. I get a bit pressured by meeting dead lines sometimes how ever it is enjoyable when I achieve my goals and learn new things

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme itself is run well and there is a lot to do therefore I think it could be structured better. We cram quite a lot into lessons and sometimes this can be difficult to keep up with. However we are fully qualified and safety critical after 3 years which is a good amount of time to start earning good money

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I get a lot of training and support from my employer as they run a really good training centre with top of the range facilities. This includes a brand new gym and food on site as well as good size rooms and I get to ask any questions and feel comfortable doing so

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


When working on my qualifications I get taught a lot from teachers that are very intelligent I also get good support with certain targets to reach for each unit and I get given a lot of help to make sure I have the best chance at passing which is excellent

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


My role requires working safely and doing things to detail correctly which I find is a massive thing that is focused on in the training environment. This makes me work better because I am learning how to do jobs not only correctly but also safely and in a timely manner

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.)


There seems to always be so many different events taking place. It is almost like university at times with the amount of social events that people organise. I really enjoy it and I’ve found myself making new friends from all over the country as well as getting advice and tips

9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?


9b. Why?

It is a friendly environment with a lot to offer to its apprentices. I feel that we are trusted and get to do good jobs throughout our journey. I have learnt so much already in my first year and I wish to continue to do so. What am also proud of working for such a well organised company

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?

My best advice would be to just enjoy doing what you do and just go for the leap of moving to the training centre at first I was wary of moving away from all my family and friends but in the end it has been amazing and I’ve really enjoyed it

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