Network Rail Apprenticeship OSFC student makes good – Listen to his story (video link)
Network Rail Apprenticeship Andrew Dixon I was a student at Oldham Sixth Form College following an A Level program in Maths, Electronics, Physics and Business. I had always been interested in following a career in Electrical Engineering from my days in school. I was always fascinated in how things worked. One day my dad came in showing me a copy of the Metro News which contained an advert for Apprenticeships with Network rail. The advert gave a web address which I visited, to find out more details. I promptly phoned the number given and was sent an application form, which I completed and returned. Some 6 weeks later I was invited to a series of ability tests at the local regional centre which was the Brittania Hotel in Manchester. Having successfully passed this I was invited to interview at the Network Rail Stockport depot some 4 weeks later. Of 25000 hits on the website, 2500 applications, some 200 were offered places. A drug screening test was also required after the job offer. I was invited down to Gosport, to view the training facilities and Halls of residence. A mentor has since been assigned to look after me during the initial training and through the first year. 'I'm in the first 12 weeks of my apprenticeship where I'll gain a BTEC Engineering qualification. With my background in Maths and Electronics, I am finding I can cope with the course. All the trainee's in my group are from different parts of the country which is a great chance to mix and get to know people from all sorts of backgrounds.
'The training takes place in HMS Sultan, Gosport and should last for 1 year. The training consists of practical workshops and classroom sessions where we look at Health and Safety issues, communication skills and high voltage electrical work. Field work is considered to be a vital part of our training and occurs over 2 years after the initial 12 months in the training centre. We often accompany experienced engineers during practical work and this helps develop confidence. This last couple of weeks we have sat a number of tests, which will be used to select students for sponsorship to University. 'The course we are following contains modules in Maths, Electrics, Electronics, Communications and then assessments complete each module. The instructors have a wealth of knowledge, and when they draw on their past experiences it can be quite humorous at times, which makes it more enjoyable. Training officers come up with a number of different ways to put a point across so that we understand. Nothing is too much trouble. There is homework and projects to do as well. As modules are completed we put what we've learnt into practice in the district under the supervision of a qualified engineer.' On the practical side, the training area has purpose-built rooms with a variety of transformers and systems to work on. In one part of the training centre there is a range of faulty equipment where trainees can simulate design faults. It gives them an insight into potential problems. 'To sum up, it's a great job where you can meet people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. The training is well paid at £8000 with the potential of higher salaries upto £30,000 + bonuses after 4/5 years.
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What A levels could I take? Maths Physics Electronics ICT or Computing Chemistry Biology Business Studies etc
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