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Trainee Engineer yearly salaries in the United Kingdom at Openreach

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£22,366 per year
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Average £22,366
Low £11,000
High £34,000

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Generally a good place to work

I have been with Openreach for just under a year and I feel that generally it is a great place to work. The training process can be quite challenging considering a high amount of new joiners have never experienced anything like this before and it seems like you are thrown in the deep end when coming out of training and going live. A small amount of people will naturally pick the job up quicker than others and some people do struggle lots when they first come on. I feel that the support is excellent and locally in my area there is always help available whether that is from your patch leads or more experienced colleagues. A typical day consists of driving round to various places for installations or faults raised which can be really nice to get out and about and see new areas. It can sometimes get lonely but for some types of jobs you do have help and see other engineers. The travel time is pretty ridiculous depending on your contract. New starters from 2014 have a clause whereby they have to give up to an hours travel unpaid either before or at the end of your start date. That could for example mean you are leaving at 7am to drive an hour up to the road and if you finish at 4.10 and don’t work on you could be coming home at 5.10, none of which is paid. They have recently changed the patch areas so mine is bigger, which means in some cases I am travelling 1+ hours from job to job, which then has a knock on effect on the time I get home. Some engineers will always be pinned work 10 minutes away from their home address and cover shorter distances which means if they - 
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Not for everyone

The training is really good it gives you a good understanding of the network, a tad unrealistic cabling on a wooden board to represent working in a customers house. I feel you go solo far to soon with too many expectations, yes you can call endless people for help but it really doesn't compare to one to one, only 3 weeks with a buddy then off you go. Only 2 weeks in I was questioned asking for help getting a line into a 3 unit warehouse. My manager was good, he did put the pressure on when I felt the work stack was more than a days worth, often I had to work through lunch to get them done, good pay and benefits with a company van and tools, good prospects to advance and increase pay.


Company van and tools


High Pressured after training
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Sink or Swim Trainee Engineer Apprentaship

Pros Van, fuel card, good apprenticeship pay, colleagues camaraderie, benefits Cons The whole apprenticeship needs a overhaul, make time for trainees and stop with the revolving door to churn through trainees to make up numbers to gain money from the gov, to keep up with the work load & competitors. Why not allow training engineers to be mentored for the first 6 to 9 months to enable them to gain experience in the various and sometimes very challenging scenarios and situations a engineer can face. This will enable the apprentices to become competent and confident within the role. That way, you may not have so many failing by the way side and leaving due to much pressure from management and the stress of trying hitting stats to succeed in the role and tick boxes. With the lack luster training and a very steep learning curve for an apprenticeship its a up hill battle from the start. Where by the end, you'll be crammed with so much info and chucked into the deep end of the network and expected to get on with it. You try to figure it out by yourself with very little physical and practical support to access from patch leads (Supervisors) who usually live miles from you so its hard to build a relationship with them and have 15 -30 blokes to look after so are not able to spend any significant time to provide you with support with you when you're struggling with the work. Managers are all just stat focused with everything being tracked and because of pressure from above them which cascades down to engineers and new apprentices to get the work done in unrealistic time frames - 


Van, fuel card, good apprenticeship pay, colleagues camaraderie, benefits


Long Hrs, stressfull, No support. Managment
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How much does a Trainee Engineer make at Openreach in the United Kingdom?

Average Openreach Trainee Engineer yearly pay in the United Kingdom is approximately £22,366, which meets the national average.

Salary information comes from 1,043 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

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