Volks Railway Engineering Operative Apprentice - Level 2 Brighton and Hove City Council

We have an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Operative Level 2 apprentice to join the team who are responsible for providing a heritage tourist attraction and transport service along Brighton seafront on the Volks Railway. You will gain knowledge and skills in the maintenance and restoration of heritage trains and railway infrastructure.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Once completed first year National Minimum Wage for your age will apply (but no less than starting salary)

  • Working week

    You will work a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm, but some flexibility may be possible.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    09 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will learn to maintain, repair and service the Volk’s Electric Railway in order to provide a seven-day a week service that runs from Easter to September so that the public can travel safely on this heritage railway (the world’s oldest electric railway). You will assist in the refurbishment maintenance programme and to ensure the railway is kept fully operational.

Duties will include learning to:

  • Inspect, repair and evaluate the Volk’s Railway rolling stock on a daily basis to ensure the trains are safe to put into service.  To produce records of all actions for the Railway Inspectorate (H.M.R.I) and Brighton & Hove City Council (B.H.C.C)
  • Provide a workshop maintenance and repair service in order that the railway will optimise financial return and meet operating commitments
  • Assess and inspect the railway line, boundaries and buildings on a weekly basis to ensure safety standards are maintained and that necessary maintenance is carried out. To produce records of findings once a month for H.M.R.I. and B.H.C.C
  • Help with risk assessments so that Health and Safety legislation is complied with
  • Give talks and look after the safety of school parties, work experience personnel and film crews to promote good PR for the railway and B.H.C.C

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

By the end of the programme, you will have successfully completed the Engineering Operative Apprenticeship at level 2. This is run by Chichester College Group who are responsible for supporting you with your learning and carrying out assessments. 

You will attend workshops once a week (Northbrook/MET College - Worthing campus, travel expenses will be covered from your place of work) and have other learning opportunities and work-based assessments in the workplace. Your role will be linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship standard and once you are competent in all these areas you will take an End Pont Assessment before successfully completing.

You will receive support from a nominated mentor, throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Functional skills in maths and English (if required).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Opportunities may be available to apply for a permanent role at the Volks Railway or another apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Interest in Engineering, Calm under pressure


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-E, 2-9) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-E, 2-9) Desired

Things to consider

You will require an interest and passion for heritage engineering and railways and will give talks to school groups etc within the role

About the employer

We are one of the largest employers in Sussex employing around 8,000 staff who deliver more than 700 services to local residents. Working for us is more than just a job. It’s all about making a real difference to people’s everyday lives. We firmly believe that our staff are our greatest asset and it’s important to us that they are happy, healthy and productive at work. We are an accredited Living Wage employer and offer a range of financial and non-financial benefits.


Brighton and Hove City Council


Volks Railway

Arch 285 Madeira Drive




James Barton


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through the BHCC website. Further details on the application process can be found in the advert.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2023