Year in Industry Student- RAM (Rail Asset Management). at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Manchester North West
Review Date
£14,000 - £15,999
Civil Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Good balance of on-site work and work in office, I enjoyed the aspect of learning on the job. When I first joined the company everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The placement always ranged with different activities and a range of courses were available for me to attend at my own leisure if applicable to my area of work.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt part of the NR team as soon as I joined and was always invited to lunch and made to feel like a employee and not just a placement student. I was treated well, similarly to employees who had been at NR for years and was always made to feel valued.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was lucky to receive a good supportive team who were always happy to stop what they were doing to help me out. The support and guidance was fantastic, if I had any problem I knew I could speak to approachable people. I was guided on courses I could attend and ways to improve my work when I had completed any tasks.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

How busy you are is dependant on the day, some days I would have a lot to do, some days I wouldn't have much on so we just went on site visits. If I had noting to do I always had E-module courses I could do as part as my continuous professional development.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Although I was given a lot of responsibilities, I was always kept within a boundary as a placement student but I would be given extra responsibilities with support and guidance. I found that as I went on more courses I was trusted with more complex and challenging tasks. The amount of responsibility you receive is down to you individual professionalism.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I have developed on placement are not just engineering skills. I was always gaining skills to take back to university for example report writing and excel skills. I was continuously given guidance on ways which will help me become chartered. I was always told if I needed any help during university in my final year that people would be a phone call away.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere within the office was professional but they were always people chatting and popping by to say hello. The people in the office are talkative and they was always something going on within the office such as cake sales or other charity events, It was a professional but fun environment.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The organisation was very good as my desk had been set up with a company laptop and phone and account. Once I received my login details, I was given all the essential links and shared folders I need to be aware of. My PPE was ordered and delivered within 2 weeks of being an employee and my tasks had been set so I was set up into an environment with everything I needed.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The company invested in me to go on courses and to receive professional competencies. The company invests a lot of time to focus on employees wellbeing. NR makes sure that all employee have been trained to do their job to the highest standard and makes sure that all development and training is in date.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I have been told that I have a place on the graduate scheme with conditions (University graduation grade). I have been told the future prospects after the graduate scheme and ways to progress within the company, I believe the prospect of having a guaranteed job post graduation, means I am completing my final year with one less thing to worry about. I have also been told about the prospects of doing masters which would be sponsored by NR.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

A graduate has been assigned as mentor for the placement students, meaning there was a good social connection between other colleagues who had been in our place previously, this was good as they offered guidance and told us about what to expect and how to keep In contact with the other graduates.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I lived at home so I can not comment on the price of living, as I was based in Manchester city centre, the price of socialising was relatively high, as a meal would cost around £10. The good thing about being a NR employee is the benefits and discounts available.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Manchester is a very lively area in terms of events and nightlife, they are plenty of things to do in terms of going out. They are a range of activities available to do in the after work hours and I enjoyed the friendliness of other people from the area, therefore I have given it an 8 out of 10.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

NR encourages people to get involved with activities after work and particular attention to charity work. Every employee is entitled to 5 days volunteer leave to help people in either STEM base activities or local recognised charities. NR often emails employees about how to used these 5 days and where help is needed from volunteers.