Rail Engineering Technician Apprentice - Traction & Rolling Stock colas rail ltd

This is your opportunity to start your career in Traction & Rolling Stock engineering! At Colas Rail UK, we make the investment in training and development of our apprentices so that you will succeed in all you do. You will be integral in the maintenance of our railway, supporting our engineers and technical team.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    As part of the apprenticeship scheme at Colas Rail you will receive additional pay rises annually over the course of your scheme.

  • Working week

    You will be contracted to 40 hours per week. Your roster will include up to 39 out of 52 separate weekends. Applicants need to be 18+ at the start of the apprenticeship as rostered hours will include working at night and during Bank Holidays (TBC).

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice you will be integral in the maintenance of our railway, supporting our engineers and technical teams in all technical matters associated with the maintenance or repair of traction & rolling stock.

This includes:

  • Repairing engines on On Track Machines or Trains
  • Maintain our fleet of vehicles
  • Working with a diverse fleet of engineering vehicles

Every day will be different, and you will get the chance to see how your career really comes to life on the railway!

The training you will be getting

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive a Rail Engineering Technician Level 3 Standard apprenticeship and IEng status.

Each apprenticeship will have a combination of learning through block release dates at a college or training provider, as well as bespoke ‘On the Job’ training – developing you through the key competencies of your specialism, which you will need to deliver on site for one of our many contracts. This will meet both the knowledge and experience requirements of your Apprenticeship Programme.


  • Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)
  • Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We understand that your career is personal and individual to you. On successful completion of the Rail Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprentice Programme we will work with you to look at what your future career looks like. Maybe you are looking to undertake further study or work towards a Chartership, whatever your career ambition we will support you in achieving it.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


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

Things to consider

Personal qualities •Committed to a two/three year programme •Happy to work shifts (weekends, nights and bank holidays) •Have a positive approach to work and learning •Ambitious and drive •Enthusiastic •A desire to continually develop and grow •Team player •Good communication skills (written/verbal) •Great time keeping

About the employer

Colas Rail is a subsidiary of the Colas Group. We are part of over a hundred years of experience in delivering major innovations across the rail sector. Every day thousands of trains travel on tracks built or maintained by Colas Rail.


colas rail ltd


Rail Plant Depot

Mill Road

CV21 1BE



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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

Stage One Online Application Stage Two Gamification Assessments Stage Three Assessment Centre

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2024