Rating

10/10
  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • My role is a Track Technician apprentice where I am assigned to a gang and we go out on a daily/nightly basis and test and check the state of the track and if there any problems or issues we will rectify them.

    10/10

  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have learnt both new and old skills, an example of a new skill is how to measure the gauge of the track and look for any faults that need correcting. An example of an existing skill is re-learning algebra and formulas.

    10/10

  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I enjoyed the programme over all, it isn't easy been away from home the first few months you are at Westwood but the staff there are brilliant and you know it will be worth it at the end of the apprenticeship scheme.

    10/10

  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • I found the programme to be very organised and if anything was changed you where immediately notified and the staff where always more than happy to help with any questions you had about the programme.

    10/10

  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • I have found my employer to be very supportive, they offer 12 week reviews and when you need to get your assignments done they allow you the time to complete them. They are also helpful in answering any questions that you may have.

    10/10

  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • The Babcock team would always be on hand to offer any support or extra assistance you needed, extra classes would be put on if you needed extra hours to learn anything you was unsure of.

    10/10

  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • They offer you the first initial steps that you need when you are about to begin a career in the rail engineering business. They get you started with all the theory and hands on experience including the Health and safety aspects of the job.

    10/10

  • 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.)
  • While you are at the Westwood training centre there is a wide range of activities that are on offer such as a gym, swimming pool and sports hall. There are also social activities that are on weekly such as a quiz and other team based games.

    10/10

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


  • 9b. Why?
  • Because it offers you a chance to forge an exiting and very rewarding career in the rail industry. You are given all the relevant training you are needed to progress with the NVQ while also earning a good wage at the same time.


  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?
  • Don't be put off by thinking if you are too old you can't apply, the Network Rail apprenticeship scheme has no age limit and I was 34 when I started the apprenticeship and can 100% say I have made the correct decision to better myself for my career.


Details

Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)

Engineering & Manufacturing

February 2020


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