Our railway lines are the economic arteries of our nation where every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure – that’s over 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway for Britain.
The number of passenger journeys undertaken on Britain’s railways has doubled over the past 20 years. We help the railway network to grow and improve in response to that tremendous growth and demand – and our apprentices are at the heart of that work.
Network Rail is investing more in engineering projects than any other UK organisation.
We carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year as part of the multi-billion-pound Railway Upgrade Plan – it’s an exciting place to be and offers real opportunity to make a difference through contributing to the biggest transformation project on the rail network since the change from coal to diesel.
As an engineering apprentice with Network Rail, you’ll have three amazing years on the scheme with the first phase of the scheme a mix of time spent living and learning at our dedicated training centre Westwood, online learning, time at your depot and time and time at regional training centres. Following that, you’ll join a depot close to home where you’ll get out an about on the network specialising in telecoms, distribution & plant, overhead lines, signalling or track.
What we’re looking for
Quite simply, we’re looking for enthusiastic people with the vision to be future leaders for our workforce.
Right now, you’ll be passionate about engineering and committed to further study and learning to help you achieve your goal of becoming an engineer. It’s critical that our apprentices are safety aware, with a strong attention to detail and good problem-solving skills. You’ll be happy to listen and learn from others and work within a team, but you’ll also have the confidence to communicate your own ideas.
The Advanced apprenticeship scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 27th March 2021. There’s no upper age limit.
In order to be eligible for the scheme you’ll need the following academic qualifications:
- GCSE English Language at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4 **
- GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5
- GCSE Science at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4 Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject
- One other GCSE in any subject at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4
You’ll need to be available to start on 27th March 2021. Please note you will be unable to take holiday during the residential phase of the scheme outside of scheduled holiday dates.
How we’ll reward you
An apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn
Your basic salary in your first year will be £10,609 per annum. In addition, you will receive a payment of £1,305 on successful completion of year 1.
In your second year on the apprenticeship scheme your salary will increase to:
Age 18 – 20: £13,655 per annum*
Age 21 – 24: £14,589 per annum*
Age 25+: £15,518 per annum*
In the third year of the scheme this will increase to £14,924 per annum*.
*subject to change
During your residential training phase, we’ll pay for your accommodation, three meals a day, your work clothing and personal safety equipment.
On top of all this, you’ll get 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays and access to many company benefits such as a cycle to work scheme, discounts on phone and gym memberships and other retailer discounts including cinema tickets and various places eat!
Apprenticeship: Level 3 Engineering
Duration: 3 years
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Requirements: GCSE English Language at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4 **,GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5, GCSE Science at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4 Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject, One other GCSE in any subject at Grade A*– C / 9 – 4. Available to start the scheme 29th September. Aged 18+ by scheme start date.
Are you ready for a career as bright and unique as you are? Apply now!