Network Rail issues final call for apprentices in Yorkshire: Liam Bowers- Telecomms Apprentice

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Network Rail issues final call for apprentices in Yorkshire

Region & Route:
London North Eastern & East Midlands

Network Rail has vacancies available in Yorkshire for their Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme as they double the number of places on the programme nationwide.

The company is currently recruiting for 24 apprentices in Yorkshire with vacancies throughout the region in York, Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield and Malton. Unlike many other apprenticeships, this scheme has no upper age limit, so is suitable for those looking for a career change.

The award-winning scheme offers opportunities in many different disciplines such as signalling, telecoms and track, as well as exciting new opportunities in cyber security and digital railway as it seeks to future-proof  the skills needed to enable  the British public to make over 4 million journeys a day.

As well as the Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme, Network Rail is also set to increase the number and range of business apprenticeships that it offers.  In addition to the rail technician apprenticeships, the company offers apprenticeships in corporate functions such as accounting, HR, project management and commercial surveying all leading to professional qualifications. The number on offer will be doubled over the next year.

Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, head of professional development and training said: “Network Rail is committed to investing in the future talent that we need to build and maintain the bigger, better railway that Britain wants, and apprentices are a vital part of that Railway Upgrade Plan.

“The rail industry is one of Britain’s success stories as more and more people want to travel by train. Demand has doubled over the last 20 years and is set to double again in the next 25 years, so we need more people to help make that possible.”

Liam Bowers, 21 from Doncaster joined the Scheme in 2015 and is in the third year of his apprenticeship in telecoms. He said: “When I left school, I decided that I wanted a career which would continue to challenge me and the Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme definitely does that.

“My favourite thing about the scheme is the level of responsibility that I am given which allows me to gain valuable, hands-on experience. It’s also great that I can earn whilst I learn.

“Network Rail offers a wide range of career paths, so it’s perfect for me. I’m so glad I chose Network Rail – it’s an apprenticeship that is well worth doing.”

Further information can be found at

Anyone wishing to apply for the scheme needs to have submitted their application by Friday, 22 September

Notes to Editors

  • 600 apprenticeship opportunities to be offered nationwide by the company over the next 12 months across a range of disciplines
  • Number of places on Network Rail’s renowned Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme doubled from 150 in 2015 to more than 300 in 2017/18
  • New apprenticeships offered in cyber security and digital railway
  • The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 16 March 2018. There’s no upper age limit.

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