I have resigned from the Openreach Trainee Engineer role. I handed my notice in, spoke to my manager at 8am and was heading back to Adastral Park at 8.15am to hand back the van.
My reason was that the length of the probationary period of 18 months was too long, as I need a mortgage.
12 month Apprentice role probation
6 month minimum once in role probation
It is probably a misunderstanding on my part, that the probationary period was so long, most organisations I have worked for have been 3 or 6 months.
I did not believe that the NVQ could be completed in 12 months, given that I had completed 2 of the units in the first 6 weeks and consider myself highly motivated.
For me, the possibility of the NVQ not completing in 12 months was not an option. The full salary is dependent on completing the NVQ.
I have no opinion on whether anyone should pursue a career in this organisation. I waited a long time to start, left a job to join, gave it my best shot and found it did not match my personal objectives.
My only advice is
1. Join the Union
2. Understand the employment contract
I met a lot of very nice people, motivated trainers and wish everyone the very best for the future.