1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Overhead Line Apprentice on the Western Route at Reading DU. So far the job has only involved an academic year with a 2 day depot visit. I am looking forward to getting trackside wuithin the next month.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my self confidence and my leadership abilities. I have also learned a variety of new skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed the work set during the apprenticeship, but I have not enjoyed being away from home, family and friends.
4. How valued do you feel by Network Rail?
As a lot of money is invested in each apprentice, I feel as though I am highly valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
A few kinks need to be ironed out, but it is generally a well organised programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Any support that we require is provided.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Same as above.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We have more than enough money to cover costs and have spare money at the end of the month.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have been given ample opportunity to participate in group events, sporting events, and other "extra curricular" activities whilst on this course.
9. Would you recommend Network Rail to a friend?
It is a fantastic organisation giving high quality training and a sense of worth within the organisation, even at the apprentice level.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Network Rail?
The work is hard, but ultimately rewarding. This job isn't one you should take if you are work shy, but there are plenty of opportunities to develop and grow.
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