Apprentice at Network Rail

Start Date:
Fareham South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£8,000 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:


First year involves spending a lot of time in the classroom studying the topics of the BTEC.

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


In practical subjects such as the NVQ, improved skills in using tools, being able to work faster and more accurately. Developed existing leadership skills

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Reasonable amount, however get the feeling you're treated like a child a lot of the time

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?


Feel valued by Network Rail staff, not so much by some Babcock

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Not very organised at times, think this is more Babcock's responsibility rather than NR

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


Depends on the individual tutor, ranges from non-existent to very. Very supportive tutors will help you where others haven't if you ask nicely enough

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


employers so far have been very supportive

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


very good pay package for an apprenticeship

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


yes but you have to chase them up yourself

9. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?


9b. Why?

Good pay, well looked after (not by Babcock), job security providing you behave yourself

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

enjoy the first year, but not to the point where you get thrown out!

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