1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an overhead line apprentice at Crewe OCR I have been a part of many different construction projects whilst also acting as a first response to any de-wirements nationwide.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills due to the different qualifications we gain from the apprenticeship whilst also learning about the different disciplines of the railway from placements with varying departments.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It is by no means a flawless scheme but due to the excellent qualifications you receive and the fact that I enjoy going to work means that I am more than pleased that I applied for this scheme and was successful as I am really enjoying what I do.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
Highly valued as Network Rail looks after it's employees very well.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Quite good however it could definitely improve in certain areas.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Generally the support is always there for you if you ask for it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive any support that I need.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Overall for an apprenticeship I think the pay structure is fair, few if any would rival it in this department.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are plenty of opportunities outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is a brilliant company to work for offering many opportunities and a good pension scheme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Research what area you want to go into as they all differ considerably to what might suit you.
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