Year in Industry Student at Network Rail

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Manchester North West
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999
Civil Engineering

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The Role



The Role

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

Enjoyed it very much. I was given a lot of responsibility and this prompted me to work harder. The placement had a good mix of office work and site visits and everyone at the company was very friendly. I learnt a lot of new information which I will be able to apply in my final year of uni.


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

Felt like I was an equal, the work I was given was important and the team were happy for me too approach it however I saw fit. The team were very friendly and we all got along good, this made the placement more enjoyable and helped me settle into the company fast.


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

The manager would go over what they expected of you and would give you a targets to meet. The first month, they talked you through everything and eased you into the work. After the first month they expected you to be a bit more independent and this was helpful. They were always available to talk if I needed any help with the work.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Had a lot of work given during the year, however it did end up seeming a bit repetitive. Most of the work centred around excel.

But I was able to setup my own site visits once a week. This ensured I gained a varied experience of the company. I was also able to volunteer in different teams.


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

I felt I had a great deal of responsibility, the work was subject to the same deadlines ad everyone else on the team. I also did a major project completely independently and had to present my finding in a presentation to senior management and this was a very rewarding experience.


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

They ensured that I gained engineering knowledge during my placement. In the first meeting we identified areas that I wasn't familiar with and my line manager gave me work relating to it so that I could gain more knowledge about the subject.

I also became more familiar with using standards to produce assessments.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very good. Everyone got a long well the office was very nice. Everyone was working and talking. The office environment was one of the best aspects of the company.


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

Well organised, they had a structured plan at the beginning of the year and regular meeting to catch up with the placement students prigress.


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

They let me attend many CPD lectures and I was also given opportunities to gain external qualifications. As well as completing the internal competencies for the company.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Travel loan

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

With a large influx of passengers expected in the next 10 years there is good employment prospects for the industry.



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

We all got along well when together, there were regular placement year trips set up by graduates to help us all meet each other.


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

very low cost of living, I was located in Manchester


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

Very good, Manchester has a lot of student areas and so I never felt out of place in the city


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

A lot of volunteering opportunities and I was provided with 5 paid volunteering days