BEng Railway Engineering Degree Apprenticeship SPL POWERLINES UK LIMITED

You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of how the railway works as an integrated, complex system from an operational perspective. You will become a professional engineer with a wide range of rail and rail systems technical engineering skills. You will be accountable for your own work and that of others.

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Closing date: 15 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,979.20 to £23,200.32

    Salary will be dependent on experience.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    5 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Under direction, assist to provide technical support to the engineering team
  • Assist in the preparation and/or checking of design calculations
  • Assist in ensuring that all project related engineering tasks/activities are robustly planned in accordance with timescale and budget constraints
  • Maintain compliance with client standards, specifications, CDM and relevant Health and Safety legislation including ensuring that accurate ‘as built’ drawings and health and safety file information is produced as appropriate and returned to customer via the approved means/processes
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and documents in line with the business document control process and procedure
  • Outline cost estimates
  • Support specific business objectives, as required

The training you will be getting

  • You will be required to attend Sheffield Hallam University on block release for a total of 36 days per year
  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Railway Engineering
  • Functional Skills level 2 may be required forthose without GCSE Grade 4/C or equivalent

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The employer is ready to invest in the development of the successful candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. It is a long-term career opportunity.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential

Things to consider

SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers to going to university. For more information on the scheme, including how to join, please visit the website:

About the employer

SPL Powerlines UK is an experienced overhead line contractor capable of carrying out all aspects of overhead line construction and maintenance - from foundation level to commissioning or any mixture of these disciplines on all rail and tram networks. With our strategically placed depots, having our own store and fabrication facilities we are able to react quickly to emergency situations and equally as capable of delivering large and complex projects UK wide as proven by numerous projects carried out already. As SPL Powerlines UK has a Principle Contractors License with Network Rail this can be done as a Tier1 supplier or as a sub-contractor being a part of large multiple discipline projects. SPL Powerlines UK also provides possession and isolation services. These services can be carried out as part of a project or just on its own.




Trent House

R T C Business Park, London Road


DE24 8UP

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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

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