1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a first Year apprentice I spend everyday studying for my BTEC GNVQ and ILM qualifications whilst living down at HMS Collingwood and Sultan.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills and am studying for qualifications. The BTEC and GNVQ are in Electrical engineering specifically centred around the Rialway and I have also completed my ILM level 2 certificate with level 3 to be completed in yeaRS 2 and 3.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed learning new skills that I didn't have before and the practical elements are good fun too. I am also enjoying living on the Naval Base
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I think the company values its apprentices as it keeps telling us how much they are investing in us.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the program is fairly well structurd although there is a lot of work to do in the first year as we are working towards 3 qualifications at once. This involes working most Saturday mornings also
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training provider is Babcock International. In some areas they are good but They have some staffing issues which has made it difficult to get suitable instruction and coursework marked on many occasions
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Network Rail have generally been very good although we do not have much contact with them in the first year as most of our training is provided by Babcock
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It does meet them fairly well. Although the salary in the first year is quite low still all accommodation, food and travel are all paid for whilst we are down here in Portsmouth so our money is just for us to spend.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities to get involved on the base with Navy programs and gym facilities.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Overall I feel it is a very good apprenticeship where you are well looked after compared to others and there are good job prospects at the end.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
There are a lot of assessments and interviews but They are also very keen on Diversity so don't let it put you off if you think you may not pass the tests. They will give almost anyone a chance.
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