Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme Network Rail

Our Apprenticeship programme runs across a range of engineering specialisms including Track, Electrification & Plant, Signalling, Telecoms and Overhead Line. During your first 21 weeks you'll be living and learning at Network Rail's training centre in the Midlands. For the remainder of the 3 year programme you will work out of your local depot.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hours, over 7 days. Shift work is included.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    17 Mar 2018

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

In your first 21 weeks you'll be one of 150 apprentices living and learning at Westwood, our world-class training facility.  You'll take on academic study at the same time as working and complete a series of work-based learning assignments and reports.

Depending on the path you choose, once out in the field you could be:

  • Designing signalling schemes
  • Investigating loss of power to a substation
  • Repairing damaged track or developing new telecoms technology, all whilst making sure the trains keep running to schedule

There's lots to take in and a lot of responsibility to take on, but by the end of the scheme, you'll be set up for a great future and career at Network Rail.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will have a good understanding of Maths, English, basic IT skills and are committed to further study and learning
  • You're safety aware, with strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • You're happy to listen, learn from others with the confidence to communicate your own ideas and an ability to interpret and explain technical information

Personal qualities

  • You need to be a good team player, enthusiastic and have a drive to succeed

Candidates need to be 18 by 16th March 2018 This is because all apprentices will be required trackside from the outset of their training programme, ensuring 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, our oldest apprentice was 37.

Qualifications required

  • We require a minimum of four GCSEs A*-C / four Scottish National 5's or equivalent 
  • These have to include English Language, Maths, Science or Engineering 
  • We'll accept a relevant BTEC / NVQ level 2 and above to replace Science or Engineering
  • A list of equivalent qualifications can be found on the Network Rail website in the 'What you need' section

Future prospects

We'll support you with extensive training and development, the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and expert guidance to help you reach your full potential in a rapidly growing industry. You'll have access to state of the art training and development facilities and be rewarded with a generous salary and pension scheme to help you plan for the future. Choose Network Rail and play your part in the transformation of Britain's railway.

Things to consider

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Every day Network Rail gets more than 4 million people to their destination and thousands of tonnes of goods moved around the country. Rail is a greener and safer mode of transport so it's no surprise that our railway has seen passenger numbers increase more than 40% in the last decade alone. These numbers are expected to double by 2034. Having the most talented people on board will make this possible. We run 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, 18 major stations, 8,200 commercial properties and 2,500 stations leased to train operators. Whichever trade you choose, you'll be working to transform this vast network of rail, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications so they're ready for the future. We're in the midst of the largest expansion of our network since the railway boom of the 19th century. Recent major projects have included the redevelopment of Kings Cross and Birmingham New Street stations. Investment and modernisation will ensure we can deliver more services and better journeys by lengthening platforms, untangling tracks, introducing electrification and building world-class stations. We are building the railway of the future and we need new talent to help us get there! To find out more about our nationwide recruitment visit the website and apply today to a depot near you!


Network Rail


Ace Building

Prebend Street


MK40 1DP

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Training provider

  • BTEC National Award in Engineering
  • Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Level 2
  • NVQ 3 in Railway Engineering
  • ILM Level 3 in First Line Management

Apprenticeship framework

Rail Infrastructure Engineering

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Network Rail

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 20 Oct 2017