Make an epic career choice with the Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship scheme: Apprenticeship scheme-6

Thursday 10 Oct 2019

Make an epic career choice with the Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship scheme

Region & Route:
South East
  • The scheme is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 29 March 2020 with no upper age limit
  • Three years of expert training and a lifetime of engineering possibilities
  • Applications are now open, and the scheme starts in March 2020

Network Rail are recruiting for the next batch of future rail leaders through the apprenticeship scheme. Applications are now open for a March 2020 start and will close when all places have been filled.

Apprenticeships at Network rail are designed to provide fantastic on the job training mixed with classroom-based learning. Candidates will be earning whilst learning, and supported by experienced colleagues, allowing them to thrive in the rail industry.

It’s the beginning of an epic career journey that can lead to varied career options including the chance to study for further qualifications and gain a chartered membership of a professional engineering institute.

Mo Isa, a former apprentice and now Team Leader explains: “The training you receive from this apprenticeship is amazing. It creates different career pathways for you - from management to technical or maintenance roles.

“Part of my job now is to carry out inspections and assess the quality of the track to see if it’s safe for trains to run. This would not be possible if I didn’t apply and I would highly recommend visiting the Network Rail website and joining the apprenticeship scheme. It’s the best railway-based apprenticeship out there with a great reputation.”

As part of the scheme, candidates will complete technical and leadership training modules at our engineering training centres around the country to prepare them for a career at the top of their profession.

Classes are taught by a team of experienced rail engineers and professional trainers; some of whom have been through the apprenticeship scheme themselves, providing valuable information and advice.

Samiul Choudhury, another former apprentice who is now a Senior Technical Officer enjoyed the experience: “I learnt so much because when you’re on a train, you wouldn’t think there’s so much thought process that goes behind maintaining and fixing the track. There’s so much mathematics, planning and designing behind it and every day, you’re just learning something new.

“There’s such a strong future ahead if you join this apprentice scheme, with many options to further your career alongside top quality staff and management.”

Whichever career path chosen, candidates will be working to transform our vast network of rail, lineside access points, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future. All the while, building experience that will set them up for the future.

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Notes to Editors

  • The three-year programme is designed to provide candidates with a mixture of practical hands-on experiences whilst enhancing their theory and industry knowledge. This approach will allow candidates to gain an all-round appreciation of engineering in the Rail industry supported with nationally recognised qualifications.
  • This scheme gives candidates an externally recognised qualification that is accredited by Edexcel, City & Guilds and ILM, which reflects the quality of our training. Candidates can also work towards a range of engineering qualifications that will help in their future career.
  • We invest a lot in our apprentices because we want them to be the future of our business. There’s no obligation to stay, but we hope everyone who joins the scheme will continue to work for us after they've completed their three years and will have a long and rewarding career with us.
  • With our railway lines being the economic arteries of our nation, this vital work will help keep the lines safe and reliable for the millions of people who use the railways every day.

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