Network rail apprentice at Network Rail

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£11,500 annually
Review Date:
May 2015

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


I gain experiance by working with the people with in the department I will be working in, once I have finished my course. As time progresses I take on more responsibility that will help me transition into my role in the future.

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


Yes. When I first strated the scheme I didnt have much electrical background where as now I am confidant and compitant in a wide range of tasks.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy learning new skills and the people I work with are mostly willing to assit me in doing this.

4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?


I feel valued by Network rail especially at the executive level as they showed a lot of interest in us during the first nine months

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The first year was compleated on a military base and we where watched over 24-7 but now we are at our depots its a little more free raign and i think more structure would be benifital

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


The first 9 months was pretty constant but now we are at our depots we only go back for 6-7 times for 2 week stints

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


Our employer has now been put in charge of how we progress and being that there is four apprentices and one guy who looks over us and has to do his own work (to which he has a lot of) sometimes our needs aren't prioritised which is understandable

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


Not well at all. I am 26 years of age and have a house and baby to pay for. luckily I had savings that allowed me to take this position. even though the money goes up over the three years we are training it is still a low wage.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


I would think so. the qualifications we come out with are recognised everywhere so it wouldnt be to difficult to find opertunities outside of network rail.

9a. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Over all it is a good firm and when you finish the three year course it is a job for life.

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

Just look at it as three years and then you will have a career for life.

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