Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship ATKINS LIMITED

Atkins, operating under AtkinsRéalis is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design, engineering and project management expertise. Join our Apprenticeship Programme to be a part of the future of design and engineering.

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

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Closing date: 20 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    -33 days annual leave, including bank holidays. You also have the option to buy an additional 15 days or sell up to 5 days -An attractive salary and salary progression structure (to be discussed at interview) -Flexible working arrangements

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday ( flexible timings). Hours tbc

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day you’ll be working as part of a site team alongside the client on projects which could be anything from an upgrade to a Level Crossing to legacy work on a major renewal of railway signalling at the forefront of digital IP technology using our own ElectroLogIXS electronic interlocking and level crossing controller system.

  • Under the guidance of experienced professionals, you’ll gain a deep understanding of railway signalling systems, safety protocols and testing methodologies
  • Assist in conducting thorough testing, inspection, and maintenance of signalling equipment, including switches, signals, track circuits, and interlocking systems
  • Develop the ability to diagnose faults and anomalies within signalling systems, working closely with the senior team members to troubleshoot and rectify issues promptly
  • Work within strict safety procedures to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues as you work
  • Collaborate with senior testers, engineers, and others to enhance your understanding of signalling technology and its role within the broader railway operations
  • Contribute ideas to improve testing processes, efficiency, and safety protocols, showcasing your commitment to development and innovation
  • As you advance, gradually take on more responsibilities and develop into a skilled professional capable of independent testing and maintenance tasks
  • Thrive in an environment where you may be required to respond to emergencies or changing situations quickly and effectively 

The training you will be getting

The apprenticeship will be a mix of training and hands-on experience that will complement each other across a 3-year structured programme. This starts in the first year providing you with training and information about working safely on the railway and taking you through industry recognised training courses such as Basic Signalling, Signal Works Testing Mod 5 (Assistant Tester) and Electronic Principles.  

There is a blended learning approach which will include face-to-face learning, on-the-job learning, webinars, assessments, assignments and presentations. Year 2 and 3 you’ll see progression to achieving an IRSE (Institute of Railway Signal Engineers) licence and working towards professional membership. At the end of the year 3 you’ll achieve your Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence) and Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge) qualification and a range of industry recognised training courses. 

A mixture of weekly online visits and quarterly face-to-face visits. They will have a dedicated tutor who is there to guide them through their training programme. As well as their tutor,they will have access to learning and support materials online to support them with their
allocated off-the-job training each week.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential for employment within the industry, or seek further education as a qualified Rail Engineering Advanced Tecnician

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade GCSE Grade 4) Essential

About the employer

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years’ design and engineering expertise. With us, you’ll join a team of people who ask questions, who dare to see things in a different way and want to build a better world. We’re driven to discovering new ways to answer the world’s biggest challenges, to help clients bring their projects to life and to make a real difference to people’s lives globally. We have over 50,000 employees in offices worldwide. Our work covers everything from transportation to defence, energy to infrastructure and we work with major global clients like UK Ministry of Defence and Heathrow Airport. With Atkins, you’ll be in great company.




Woodcote Grove

Ashley Road


KT18 5BW

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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 engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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

Please apply through : https://careers.atkinsrealis.com/uk-early-careers/job/rail-signalling-testing-engineer-apprenticeship-programme-2024-in-south-region-jid-33583

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

Apply now

Closing date: 20 May 2024