1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a rail engineer apprentice, my day involves going out onto track with different teams in order to gain a better understanding of the railway infrastructure.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt some new skills and feel lot more confident. However I still feel I have lots to learn. I learn a lot as part of my course which helps me in the practical environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the job / programme and it is a great opportunity for me as I feel the rail industry is a sector with a bright future. The programme is difficult at times as there is a lot of coursework to complete as well as working full time but it is manageable.
4. How valued do you feel by Costain?
I feel valued and my manager is good when it comes to showing an interest in my development. I don’t always work with my company as am on placements.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The training I receive as part of my course is very good. The instructors are knowledgeable and always do their best. I have worked with another company recently and they have proved difficult to work with at times as they have not had the variation of work I need.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is very good. I have learnt a lot with them and this will allow me to do my job efficiently and safely in the future.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Costain are very good when it comes to supporting me. I am doing various placements with different teams, this has been challenging at times. My manager and apprenticeship manager are always on hand if I need them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am content with my salary. I get an annual pay rise and when I finish my course it should increase.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?
The company has great people working for them, the company is working on some of the biggest jobs in the country. This makes me feel secure and positive about working for them.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?
I would research the company and be sure to look at different sectors as there is a lot to choose from, all with different advantages.
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