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

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

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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan

The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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