Apprentice Engineer UNIPART RAIL LIMITED

A first-class opportunity to get on track with an engineering career at a world-leading rail company in the heart of Crewe. You will learn the electrical and mechanical skills involved in repairing and manufacturing rail infrastructure materials at Unipart Rail. Apprenticeship learning will start from September.

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Closing date: 08 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual increases subject to satisfactory progress

  • Working week

    Mon – Thurs: 08:00 - 16:45. Fri: 08:00 – 12:00.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Due to our continued growth and strong order book, we are looking to recruit 2 apprentices to join the Unipart Rail Crewe site to undertake a 3.5-year Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship (Level 3 qualification), starting apprenticeship learning from September. You will be provided with the training to learn the electrical and mechanical skills involved in repairing and manufacturing rail infrastructure materials and complete the mandatory training and academic qualifications to achieve the Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship standard.

You will rotate throughout the business and training will be provided in both a workshop and classroom environment. You will be required to:

  • Successfully complete all mandatory training / academic qualifications assigned to the Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard Level 3
  • Successfully complete all workshop based tasks / rota moves
  • Attend Apprentice Reviews as required
  • To learn and use the tools and techniques of the Unipart Way in day to day role.
  • Work in a safe manner, taking reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other people at work, following appropriate Health and Safety guidance, training and company rules and procedures as appropriate.

The training you will be getting

  • The apprenticeship role is to successfully complete the Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard Level 3, which will be delivered by Cheshire College South & West.
  • You will be assigned a Mentor and Trainer to guide and assist with the required training and any Continuous Improvement initiatives.
  • Level 2 practical units selected by Unipart Rail and delivered on a full-time basis at Cheshire College South & West during the first year of apprenticeship
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical / Electronic Engineering – to be completed on a day-release basis at Cheshire College South & West
  • Mandatory on and off the job training assigned to the Engineering Advanced Modern Apprenticeship – work based evidence portfolio collation
  • Workshop based tasks / rota moves across all areas of the Crewe Service Centre to gain skills in Repairs, Manufacture, Relays, Projects, Hydraulics, Electronics and Instruments
  • Regular apprentice reviews internally and in partnership with Cheshire College South & West

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Eligible to apply for skilled Engineering Technician upon successful completion of apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Logical, Team working, Interest in Engineering, Punctual, Willingness to learn


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

Things to consider

Apprenticeship is workshop based, and is a combination of academic qualification and work based on the job training.

About the employer

Unipart Rail has a strong manufacturing base in Crewe where the team produce first-class rail products and technologies across infrastructure, signalling, rolling stock and train operations for the world’s rail industry. They partner up with some of the best known names in global rail to manage material availability, create bespoke designed solutions and deliver highly valued rail industry support. Unipart Rail is part of Unipart Group which is a British, multi-national logistics, supply chain, manufacturing and consultancy company headquartered in Oxfordshire.




Unipart Rail

Gresty Road


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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


Sophie Cain


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

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

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