Business Apprentice Network Rail Limited

Network Rail is looking to recruit 10 new apprentices to join their Business Services division based in the centre of Manchester next to Piccadilly train station. Apprentices will be well-trained and supported throughout the apprenticeship programme. Role includes successful team working, personal effectiveness techniques and business finance.

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

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (or 8 am - 4 pm).

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    17 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

Apprentices will be allocated to one main core team within Network Rail’s Route Services, and over the 16-month programme will get the opportunity to have exposure to different areas of the Shared Services department, to develop their knowledge and skills. Core teams include:

  • Payroll
  • Human Resources (HR) / Recruitment
  • Customer Services Helpdesk
  • Accounts Payable
  • Data Reporting

Once training is complete, apprentices will have the option to work 5 days in the office or work 2-3 days in the office and the remainder from home.

The apprenticeship programme will cover the following learning modules:

  • Personal Effectiveness & Time Management
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Project Management Tools
  • Business Improvement Tools
  • Communication Skills & Techniques
  • Team Working & Relationship Building
  • Acting Sustainably & Embracing Change
  • Market Forces & Business Competition
  • ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance)
  • Ethical Sourcing & Supply Chains
  • Positive Mindset & Wellbeing
  • Business Regulations & Compliance
  • Data Protection & GDPR
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Basic Finance - Cost Control & Budgets

This highly reputable organisation has a fantastic track record for developing and investing in their apprentices, with most securing permanent job positions at the end of the programme.

The training you will be getting

  • Alongside your duties, you will also be studying towards the level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship, which includes learning from business administration specialists

Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if not already achieved)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Training provided by the employer and online with The Apprentice Academy
  • 1 to 1 coaching with an experienced coach

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

following roles exist at various level's across the organisation and Network Rail actively promotes from within:

  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Finance
  • Business Admin
  • Project Management


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Network Rail employ over 30,000 people and have hired apprentices with us for a number of years. Benefits include: 28 days annual paid holiday leave plus 8 paid days bank/public holidays Subsidised rail travel (75%, up to £2,250 maximum) on rail or underground season tickets Interest-free season ticket loans for travel and car parking Discounted onsite staff canteen A choice of 2 contributory pension schemes Charitable giving schemes, including company contributions A range of other benefits, including volunteer leave

About the employer

One of the UK’s most recognised engineering and railway companies in the heart of Manchester, Network Rail. They specialise in the maintenance and development of Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations. With new world-class stations being built, they are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.


Network Rail Limited


4 Travis Street


M1 2NY

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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


Maria Grimsley

0161 200 1673

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Aug 2024