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To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 9th to Sunday 14th), Network Rail has asked three apprentices about their career journey with Network Rail as apprentices.

Paul Adoeye – specialises in Electrical Engineering at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

“I wanted to get hands-on, in-depth experience and training to gain the right skills in a real work environment. I feel that employers want people with practical experience.”


“I enjoy working alongside experienced engineers who went through the apprenticeship scheme like myself, and I also appreciate the first-hand and direct training I am gaining as it is gradually improving my confidence in the work environment.”

Ewan Bardsley – specialises in Distribution and Plant at Trowse, Norwich.

“I was looking for a well-structured and resourced apprenticeship scheme that offered me a subsequent lifelong, challenging and fulfilling career.

“I enjoy my work because of the variety of tasks I undertake and the different locations that I complete them in.”

Ethan Kyiet – specialises in Distribution and Plant, to be based at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

“So far, the apprenticeship has been great. The support from scheme managers and tutors has been fantastic, and the support sessions have been great at helping me get my head around some of the questions in the assignments. Everyone seems very friendly, and I look forward to eventually meeting the others in my class face to face.”

Network Rail’s Route Director Ellie Burrows said “Apprentices are so important to the business and we get as much from them as they do from us. The scheme offers a great opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience, transferable skills and recognised qualifications in one of Britain’s most exciting industries. We are carrying out huge improvements in this region, so there are plenty of projects for budding engineers to get stuck in to.”

Many apprenticeship opportunities are currently being advertised by Network Rail in a variety of roles. For more information or to apply now, please visit the Network Rail website.


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