Harriet, Team Administrator
When I saw that GTR was advertising places for its apprenticeship scheme I looked into it straight away because I thought it was a great opportunity to learn whilst getting real-life experience in a 9-5 job. I applied for a level three business administration apprenticeship and was thrilled to find out I had a place on the course! I was so excited that I didn’t even mind it was based 250 miles away from where I lived.
I finished my apprenticeship this February – they usually take around 12-18 months to complete – and was thrilled to be offered a permanent position at the end of it.
I’m officially now working for the Talent, Diversity & Inclusion team and I absolutely love it. They’re involved in delivering training programmes to employees that assist them in all aspects of working life. As a team administrator, it’s my job to coordinate the courses that we run, support my colleagues where needed and undertake the admin tasks that need doing for each course to run as smoothly as possible.
I’m a Yorkshire girl through-and-through, so although the move was daunting, the opportunity was too good to turn down or let distance stand in the way of.— Harriet
George, Network Operations Apprentice
I always wanted to join the railway and when I saw GTR were looking for apprentices to join their operations team I jumped at it. I had applied for the same job a year before and didn't get it, but I really liked the company and tried again next year which resulted in me getting the job. As someone who was 17 at the time I was over the moon with getting the job as it showed the potential that managers saw in me.
The work environment can be very fast paced when in times of disruption but I enjoy the atmosphere in the workplace and get along with all my colleagues.
The biggest benefit is free or reduced travel, which I’ve definitely taken advantage of, travelling around the UK to football away games and visiting friends and family who aren't local to me. There’s also the benefit of discounted European travel after a year's service.
GTR has also provided resources to expand my railway knowledge and better my education. They did this by putting me on a level 3 apprenticeship course with the Institution of railway operators (IRO) and gave me the option to do additional courses such as Personal operations development (POD).
What excites me most about my future is that I have so many opportunities within the company. It's a company where I have a future and can progress in so many different ways.
I'd recommend this job to anyone wanting to join the railway or anyone who's young and is looking for a fantastic career path.— George