Track Maintenance engineering apprentice at Network Rail

Start Date:
Plymouth South West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£14,350 annually
Review Date:
April 2015

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


An apprentice that is following a placement plan gaining knowledge in all disciplines that Network Rail have. Completing 20xwblo reports and 9xnvqs to back up what knowledge I ahve gained from these placements. Working a range of day and night shifts in the office, out with the gangs and also in all weather.

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


Yes I have learnt a range of new skills from practical training and mentorships (on the job training), I have also developed my leadership skills in the ILM programme.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy the programme greatly and strive with the support of my peers and the company I strive to complete the scheme and become a full time employee as soon as I can.

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?


Very valued as alot of effort and funding has gone into helping me to succeed and become a Network Rail employee.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is very organised as the training modules are set and the placements are then fitted around this to give you some knowledge before being trained on it.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Support is always available at the end of a phone or by email and they are always happy to help.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The employer supports me alot as they give me the foundations to learn from and provide training to improve my knowledge.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


The salary is comfortable to live with in the first year as most expenses are covered. The salary in the second and third year is okay for what we do as enhancements are available for certain shifts such as nights. In my opinion I would like to see the overtime limit extended from 30 hours a month.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There is not a large amount of oppurtunities outside of work so this gives me a greater appreciation of the oppurtunity I have.

9. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?


9b. Why?

It is a great company to work for and provides a large amount of oppurtunities for progression.

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

First of all to make sure they do it and to embrace any oppurtunities that arise as they will help you grow into something valued like myself

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