Network Rail - Sam's Case Study

How long have you been with NR?

I have been with Network Rail since September 2015 as that is when I started my apprenticeship. So, it’s crazy how time has flown as it has already been 3 and a half years since I started.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship with NR?

After my GCSE’s I went to college and completed my A-levels. After finishing my A-levels I was in two minds to whether to go university or go straight into work, so I decided to apply for University anyway as I would have a last resort backup and then defer my entry but with the intention to look for an apprenticeship from a very well-established company, and this is when I started looking into engineering companies, and it was along this search where I discovered network rail as an option and saw the range of apprenticeships they provide.

What made you apply?

I knew what network rail was beforehand and understood how respected and established they were, however I didn’t know they provided apprenticeships. So that was the first indicator for me telling me that I should seriously have a look, then once I saw the range of avenues you can pursue during and after the apprenticeship along with the profiles of ex apprentices, it was a no brainer.

What was a particularly positive experience during your training?

A positive experience would be that of meeting new people and making friends who you know you will be in contact with for a very long time. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. I’d also say learning new skills and gaining confidence

What was a particularly negative experience during your training?

I wouldn’t say there were many negative experiences, but one point I would make is that it does take time to adjust to not being around your family.

Since finishing the apprenticeship scheme, can you please summarise your journey ?

3 years sounds like a long time but when I look back, it is clear to see that it has flown by. There is always something to learn and you are surrounded by various teams and individuals who are willing to help you. Now I am a senior technical officer a part of the track team at London bridge depot. I finished my scheme in June 2018 and found a permanent role only 2 months later. The scheme is one of the best apprenticeship programmes available. They give you a great foundation and there is continuous support along the way to make sure you make the most of yourself and secure that role you will be working so hard for