Apprentice Rail engineering Technician (traction and rolling stock) WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS LIMITED

As a Rail Technician Apprentice, over the duration of your apprenticeship you will learn a number of disciplines and skills. This may include - knowledge and skills of the traction and rolling stock systems, sub systems and components which include mechanical, electrical, process controller and fluid power equipment.

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

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Closing date: 06 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Free rail travel

  • Working week

    Working week - 37hrs Monday - Friday 8:45am - 5:00pm with the first year at college

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    31 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We operate two railway brands across the Midlands, the North West and London carrying over 60 million passengers a year.

As one of our Apprentice Engineers, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Servicing mechanical and electrical systems on our trains
  • Offering highly varied activities

The types of things you will be involved in, could be:

  • Repairing, overhauling, and modifying our train
  • Inspecting bodywork and under-carriages for wear and tear
  • Writing reports and maintenance records
  • This work will range from carrying out routine maintenance/servicing to repairing and fault finding on complex electrical and mechanical components used in the modern rail industry today

This is a fantastic time to join our business and begin an exciting, rewarding and creative career.

Need any more convincing why an Engineering Apprenticeship with West Midlands Trains could be for you?

We are investing over £700 million in new and refurbished trains making journey quicker and more comfortable for our customers
Investing £70 million into our train maintenance facilities.
We already run an industry-leading and hugely successful engineering trailblazer apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton and Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet).

Investing an extra £13 million on staff training.

Alongside your practical and educational training, there are plenty of other activities you can get involved in. Our trailblazing apprentices have spoken to audiences of local and national Politicians, Members of Parliament and have also appeared on national television!

Join us and not only will you become part of a renowned group of professionals, you will also gain specialist and transferable skills, as well as a wide variety of career progression opportunities in our business.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

As a West Midlands Trains Engineering Apprentice, you will undertake a mix of classroom and vocational training which will lead to you gaining a competence-based rail qualification and a knowledge-based rail qualification (i.e., Technical Certificate). Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence). Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge). This will be based at BMet’s James Watt Campus (Aldridge Road, Great Barr, B44 8NE). The first year you will be going to college full-time.

In addition to the above, you will be fortunate enough to undertake part of your training at the state-of-the-art National Training Academy for Rail which offers our Apprentices the use of cutting-edge technology while you learn.

All the above will enable you to work alongside our award-winning team Technicians and Engineers and gain an exciting and rewarding career in Engineering.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There will be avenues for progression, once you are fully qualified.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent any subject (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent any subject (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 6 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

As part of the wider Abellio Group, West Midlands Trains Ltd, operates as a joint venture - West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway, delivering 1,300 safe and reliable services per day for more than a 60 million passengers per year. Since the start of our nine-year franchise in 2017 we have been committed to improving our services, investing a whopping £1 billion into the region’s network and £18million in the development of all our workforce.




Tyseley Diesel Depot

Warwick Road


B11 2HJ

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Training provider



Lisa Buller

Apprenticeship standard

Rail engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 06 Apr 2023