Category: apprenticeships, Women, early careers, Network Rail, moment, focus, maintenance, knowledge, young women
Life as a female apprentice
“I’m Jenna, and I’m in my second year of the advanced apprenticeship scheme – focusing on Signalling – based mainly at Par depot.
“At the moment I’m working out of Plymouth, which is a maintenance depot. This is to help me gain better knowledge on our points systems. Par is a fault and maintenance depot so I gain a more varied range of experience down there.
“When I applied, I’d heard that the scheme was recognised as one of the best in the country so I knew it would be a good career to get on to. It’s exceeded expectations in the respect that I was very well supported while at Westwood for the first six months and I’ve met some great people.
“A group of us regularly meet up for weekends away or holidays. While at Westwood 20 of us apprentices spent the weekend in Dublin, and since leaving last year a group of us have met up for a weekend in Manchester, a week in Scotland, and we also went to Bulgaria for a week of skiing/snowboarding in January, which we are hoping to make a yearly event.
“I’ve been lucky enough to attend courses around the country. I’ve just returned from HMS Sultan in Hampshire last week, where I completed my Signal Engineering Maintenance 2 (SEM2) course, which taught me fault finding skills and how to read the circuit diagrams. We also learnt a few more maintenance tasks, which will be useful back at depot.
“I’ll finish my apprenticeship in summer 2019 and then I’d like to secure a job with a team in my hometown and progress through the ranks.”
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