Emma’s final diary entry finds her completing her apprenticeship, undertaking interviews and making plans to work her way up into Network Rail management!
Since my last blog I have been busy getting all of my apprenticeship work up to date, so that I am ready to be signed off of the Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme in a month’s time. I have also applied for two jobs within the company, one being a national aerial survey specialist on the Network Rail helicopters and the other as a Grade 3 technician at my depot, Westbury. I have an interview for the Grade 3 and am waiting to hear back from the Air Operations Unit.
It is a very exciting stage of my apprenticeship as all of my hard work throughout the three years may hopefully pay off with me being offered a good job. Even if I am not offered any of the two, then I hope to be offered a Grade 2 position at my depot.
I will be sad to leave the apprenticeship as I have had a great experience throughout my three years however I am looking forward to being fully qualified as well as earning a good wage!
I have just completed a barriers course and have also completed my SMTH (Signalling Maintenance and Testing Handbook) qualifications. In two weeks time I shall be heading to Taunton to complete my Level 3 Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification and shall be returning to HMS Sultan in July to complete a two-week Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) course.
I have great memories from the scheme and my aim now is to go as far as I can within Network Rail. I plan to apply for the HNC and a degree, which is offered to the apprentices next year and I eventually hope to find myself in a good management position. The Network Rail Apprenticeship Scheme really is a great way to kick start your career and I would recommend it to anyone.