Rail and Rail Systems Engineering Apprenticeship Network Rail High Speed

This apprenticeship offers the opportunity to work across multiple disciplines including Signalling, Telecoms, Civils, Electrification & Plant, Systems, Building and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). In this scheme, we’ll teach you how to lead people and teams as well as help create a safe, sustainable environment for everyone.

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

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Closing date: 29 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    5 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will lead and supervise individuals and teams in the delivery of Rail Engineering tasks. You will need to understand how the railway works as an integrated, complex system and take proactive actions and decisions to avoid any equipment, process, and systems failures. This will include involvement in areas including:

  • The construction, installation, renewal, enhancement, and modification of The Railway.
  • Fault finding and diagnosis, maintenance, and replacement of a range of complex systems and components.
  • Ensuring assets are installed, enhanced, replaced, maintained, tested, and inspected to specification maintaining required records and making recommendations for and delivery of system improvements.

There’s plenty of learning in these schemes, you will be taught the core knowledge, skills and behaviour needed to get you on the path to achieving your Engineering qualifications. 

To widen your skillset in as many areas as possible, you’ll participate in planned rotations across several different functions. There’s part time training along with internal training throughout so you’ll gain the appropriate skills for a career with Network Rail. 

The training you will be getting

  • You will be required to attend Sheffield Hallam University on block release
  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Railway Engineering

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We strive to have the best in-house opportunities rewarding employees of all levels with exciting career progression. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can apply for a wide range of project engineering positions within Network Rail.

The wide range of skills you can acquire from this apprenticeship will be transferrable to other disciplines and professions .

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBB / DDM) Essential

About the employer

Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure.   That’s 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We manage 20 of the UK’s largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are managed by the country’s train operating companies.


Network Rail High Speed


Bateman Street


DE23 8JQ

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Rail and rail systems senior engineer (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Feb 2024