Engineering Apprenticeship
Engineering Apprenticeship

Engineering Apprenticeship

Network Rail

Advanced Apprenticeship

Job type




Closing Date

March 29, 2020

Starting Salary


Why we need you

Join us for three fascinating, surprising and career-advancing years as an apprentice.Expert training, earn while you learn and a lifetime of engineering possibilities. When you’re transforming Britain’s vast railway network, you’ll get more than just an education, you’ll gain the kind of skills that can set you up for life.You’ll have three amazing years on our apprenticeship scheme. The first phase of the apprenticeship programme will be mostly spent living and learning at one of our dedicated training centres. The rest of the scheme will be spent working from a depot close to home specialising in distribution and plant, overhead lines, signalling, telecoms, track or off track.It’s the beginning of an epic career journey that can lead to varied career options. You’ll have the chance to study for further qualifications and gain chartered membership of a professional engineering institute. The first phase of the scheme: Whichever career path you follow, the first phase of the programme will be spent living and learning at one of our dedicated training centres; Westwood and HMS Sultan. Here you will develop the technical knowhow and leadership ability you’ll need for the many exciting challenges ahead. You’ll be working towards an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Engineering Award, so there’ll be a mix of academic work as well as hands-on practical experience.Qualifications:NVQ2 in Performing Engineering OperationsLevel 3 Engineering AwardYour first 23 weeks living at Westwood:Living away from home for the first time can be daunting. But as one of many apprentices, you won’t be alone. You’ll live and learn at one of our residential training centres.You’ll be supported by the apprentice delivery team who have extensive experience in working with and developing apprentices, helping you to flourish. There are a few rules to keep everyone safe and to ensure consideration for others, but mostly you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the sports and leisure facilities and have lots of fun.During the residential phase you’ll be working to a busy training schedule, so we plan your leave for you, which includes long weekends and block periods over Christmas or Easter.Whilst at Westwood we guarantee you won’t have time to feel bored or lonely as there’s a packed schedule including technical training, self-study and fitness activities. You’ll have access to the on-site facilities including the gym, swimming pool and squash court.In the local area, you’ll find shops, sporting activities and plenty of nightlife, so you’ll never be short of things to do! Previous apprentice intakes have arranged various charitable events throughout the local community including Tough Mudder, team marathons and charity car washes.We’ll pay for your:- Accommodation- Three meals a day- Scheduled trips home- Safety clothing and equipmentThe rest of your programme:This is where you will join an engineering team at a depot close to home. You’ll get out and about on the network, learning alongside more experienced colleagues and applying the knowledge gained during Phase One to real life engineering tasks. There’s lots to take in and a lot of responsibility to take on. By the end of the three years, you’ll be set up for a great future and career with Network Rail.You’ll also be working towards an NVQ Level 3 in railway engineering specific to your discipline. This involves a combination of rail-specific technical courses, work experience and formal assessments.Ongoing support and training at HMS Sultan: As part of the scheme you’ll complete various other technical and leadership training modules at our engineering training centres around the country to prepare you for a career at the top of your profession.Your classes will be taught by a team of experienced rail engineers and professional trainers. Some of them have been through the Apprenticeship Scheme themselves, so they’re a great source of information and advice.HMS Sultan in Gosport is the primary engineering training establishment for the Royal Navy and since 2005 has been the main location for training Network Rail’s Level 3 Engineering Apprentices. Here you will live alongside the Royal Navy and help to maintain the excellent relationship that Network Rail has built up with the Ministry of Defence over the last 14 years.Network Rail’s Training Centre at HMS Sultan has bespoke training setups for Track, Signalling, Overhead Line, D&P and Telecoms and a team of experienced Workforce Development Specialists who will train you for your specific discipline over the course of the three year scheme. It is at HMS Sultan where you will gain competencies that give you the knowledge and authority to undertake tasks on the railway.Through using this knowledge and implementing it on the railway infrastructure you will be in a position to achieve your NVQ Level 3 and be prepared for your End-Point Assessment.Network Rail has its own accommodation block on the site where you will stay for the duration of your training, which is usually for 2 or 3 week visits, several times per class, depending on your discipline. You will have access to some of the Royal Navy’s facilities and events during your stay, such as; 24hr gym, fireworks displays, summer shows, pantomimes and Christmas meals, all dependant on when your training is scheduled.You will live in shared dormitory bedrooms with other members of your class during these visits, further helping to instil in you the teamwork ethic that Network Rail thrives upon, but you will not be asked to share with people who you have never met before.Gosport is just a short ferry ride from the bustling city of Portsmouth and just 30 minutes away from Southampton, so there is a variety of options of places to visit and see if you choose to stay during the weekends between your training courses.Over 3,000 apprentices have come through the Network Rail HMS Sultan Training Centre. Could you be the next?The scheme and beyond:Once you have finished the apprenticeship scheme, you will achieve the following qualifications:- NVQ Level 3 in Railway Engineering- Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3- But that’s not the end of it! You will continue to have career conversations to see how we can support your future aspirations. You could get the opportunity to study for a degree, gain professional accreditation or participate in further career development – schemes, such as secondments or shadowing.When we say the difference is you, we mean it! Many of our previous apprentices have held various senior positions within Network Rail; these roles include Programme Managers, Principal Engineers and Maintenance Delivery Managers.Your Career Path:Whichever career path you choose, you’ll be working to transform our vast network of rail, lineside access points, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future. All the while you’ll be building experience that will set you up for the future too.Our railway lines are the economic arteries of our nation. The vital work you will be doing will keep the lines safe and reliable for the millions of people who use the railways every day.Don’t worry if you’re not sure which path to take. During the assessment process our experienced recruitment team will identify the most suitable discipline for you, based on your strengths.- Track – Off track – Overhead Lines- Signalling – Telecoms – Distribution & Plant

The benefits

An apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn.We pay you £9,479 during your first year, plus £1,265 for successful completion.In the second year, this rises to:Age 18 – 20: £12,525Age 21 – 24: £13,331.40Age 25+: £14,182.35and £14,924.20 in the third year. During the first phase of the programme there will be a residential stay in Coventry.During your residential stay we’ll pay for your accommodation, three meals a day (brunch and dinner on Sundays), your work clothing and personal safety equipment. On top of all this, you’ll get 36 days’ holiday, including bank holidays.Company benefitsDuring the scheme, you can claim all our company benefits too, such as discounted train travel to and from work and a pension.Inner London allowance:We also offer an inner London allowance of £3,100 per annum (for employees working at a 16 mile radius of Charing Cross) and outer London allowance of £1,800 per annum (for employees working at a Network Rail location over 16 miles and up to 40 miles from Charing Cross).If you travel by train, we offer 75 per cent discount on annual season tickets up to a maximum of £3,660 in addition to an interest-free season ticket loan.Pension options:We’re proud to offer a range of pension schemes which provide flexibility and choice for our employees. Most new employees are eligible to join either the NRDC defined contribution scheme, or the NR CARE Scheme; our career average scheme which is a type of defined benefit arrangement. After five years’ continuous company service you become eligible to join the defined benefit Network Rail section of the Railways Pension Scheme, unless you are eligible when you start employment.You can find detailed information about our schemes at Feel free to contact us with any questions using the contact details provided.

The requirements

Start date requirements: To apply now you will need to be available to start the scheme on 29 March 2020. All leave and holidays are scheduled by Network Rail during your residential phase Apprenticeship due to the workload involved in the technical training, but there will be planned leave over Easter as well as a scheduled long weekends.Age requirements:You must be aged 18 on or before 29 March 2020, which is when the scheme will start. This is to ensure we are compliant with Health & Safety requirements and regulations around shift patterns and working at night for under-18s. There is no upper age limit for the programme.Medical criteria & examination:These are outdoor roles that require a good level of physical fitness. We also have very rigorous safety standards for people who work on or near the track. We need to know if you have a medical condition or are taking medication that may cause any of the following:Sudden loss of consciousness, awareness or concentrationSudden incapacitySemporary loss of vision or coordination and balanceImmobility.If you have a known medical condition we’ll carry out a risk assessment so that we can, where possible, find a safe system of work for you.Medical examination:If you are offered a place on the apprenticeship scheme, you’ll have a full medical exam, including sight and hearing checks. We’ll also ask your doctor for information on any existing medical condition, such as diabetes, or any medications you’re being prescribed.As this is such a physically demanding job, it’s really important that you pass the medical examination, for the health and safety not only of yourself, but of those around you. So, unfortunately those who don’t pass won’t be able to take part in the apprenticeship.If you fail to disclose anything at this stage, we’ll have to withdraw any offer we make.In order for a candidate to be considered for entry to the Network Rail Apprenticeship Scheme they must hold the following Academic qualifications:GCSE English Language at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5 **GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5GCSE Science at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5 Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subjectOne other GCSE in any subject at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5*Please note that NVQ or BTEC Level 1 in an Engineering subject will not meet the required Standard**English Literature will only be accepted as an additional qualificationCandidates can be considered for the Scheme if they hold equivalent qualifications to GCSEs at Level 2 or above.Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English will be accepted. All 3 parts in English must be completed. We cannot accept just English Reading or Writing.The following qualifications are acceptable as equivalents (or above) to GCSEs:Scottish National 5 or Scottish Standard 1-3A Level at Grade A – EAS Level at Grade A – EO Level at Grade A – CIGCSE at Grade A – C(These must include English, Maths and Science or Engineering)To satisfy the requirement for ‘one other GCSE in any subject at Grade A* – C’ any of the following qualifications at pass level or above (merit or distinction) will be accepted:QCF Functional Skills Level 2NQF Key Skills Level 2 or aboveNQF Higher DiplomaNVQ Level 2 or aboveQCF Certificate and Diploma at Level 2 or aboveBTEC Award, Certificate or Diploma at Level 2 or aboveWe will accept the equivalent qualifications from all of the UK countries. Please refer to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s guide to comparing qualifications in the UK.You must show us the original certificates if possible. We can accept the statement of results letter you received from your school or college on results day providing they show actual results. Unfortunately, we cannot accept predicted results. If you need replacement certificates or a statement of results certificate, please contact the relevant exam board as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks. Your school or college will tell you who to contact.If you gained your qualifications abroad: we will need a NARIC translation of your exam results before we can process your application. You can get one from but please contact them as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.If you are currently in the process of sitting your exams:You can still apply – however, you will need to contact us when results are announced to confirm that you have achieved the minimum grade in the subjects required. Any offer made in these circumstances will be subject to meeting our minimum academic requirements.You’ll need to upload a copy of your exam certificates with your application form (including UK NARIC translation of any qualifications gained overseas) and show us the original certificates when you come for the assessment centre.






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