1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is to experience the different roles within Network Rail, learn and get an understanding of how the different departments and roles work along with how the railway infrastructure has been built and is maintained.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I'd say that I have gained many skills that can be applied to maintain the railway.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Living away from home in our first year allowed me to meet new people from all over the UK many of which I have become very close friends with which I owe to the apprenticeship. I have enjoyed working in many different roles and circumstances.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
I think that Network Rail do value their apprentices a great deal as from my experience many higher members of staff have been through the same apprenticeship and we all get the best quality training.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I say 9 out of 10 as it can be quite difficult getting paid for overtime/ night shifts due to the apprentices having a different pay structure to everyone else.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
we get a lot of support when we are with the taining providers but we do not see them a great deal.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
More than enough
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary when I compare it to other apprentices that are at the same stage as me is very good. My downfall is that I live a champagne lifestyle on lemonade wages so at the minute I can struggle from time to time.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The qualifications I can gain from this apprenticeship does open a lot of doors for if I did want to move abroad so I would say so.
9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
So far the apprenticeship has been quality. I've made great mates, had a lot of good experiences and I wouldn't say Iv've had a bad day. The opportunities are endless for when you finish as there are many different kinds of jobs.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail? *
Just enjoy it!
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