First year apprentice Emma Taylor talks about her early experiences at Network Rail, working visits and the amazing extra-curricular activities that are on offer.
My time so far as a Network Rail apprentice has really been a great success for me personally. The syllabus of this apprenticeship will equip me with all the skills I need to work within this exciting, diverse and challenging industry.
Recently I had a two day working visit to my designated home depot in Swindon, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Working alongside the team gave me a taster of what is to come in years two and three when I leave Fareham and I am really looking forward to joining them there. I have studied engineering with Network Rail for six months now and during that time I have learnt lots of new things which helped me out when visiting my depot and working out on the rail infrastructure.
I became interested in engineering from an early age as my dad was a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) for 25 years and I used to enjoy occasionally going to work with him and seeing what his job involved. I immediately became interested in engineering and so as soon as I had left school and finished college I began searching for the ideal engineering apprenticeship scheme.
I successfully made it through the selection day and interview and was over the moon when I had a phone call informing me that I was one of the chosen participants for the scheme.
You are given the opportunity to participate in extra curriculum activities and even organize them if you fancy a challenge. For example, I organised a skydiving event for the apprentices and staff. After months of planning and preparation we had a fantastic day out at Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire and everyone was on a high when driving back to Fareham after jumping out of a plane!
It was a great day, the sun was shining and the sky was clear. I have always wanted to do a skydive and this gave me the perfect opportunity. You can take part in many other extra curriculum activities such as paint balling, fishing and go-karting.
I have made lots of new friends since starting the scheme, many which I believe I will stay in touch with for a very long time. My goal is to be the best that I can be throughout my time with Network Rail and I plan to keep climbing up the ladder within the company and do the best that I possibly can to succeed in such a great career.
I fully recommend this apprenticeship scheme to anyone who is interested in starting their career in engineering. You learn so many new things and meet some lovely people whilst part of the scheme. When you move on to work at your designated depot, you will develop your knowledge even further, as you become part of a real working team in a very interesting and stimulating industry.