Network Rail is on the hunt for new apprentices in Norfolk and Suffolk: Advanced apprentice David Woodard

Monday 4 Sep 2017

Network Rail is on the hunt for new apprentices in Norfolk and Suffolk


Network Rail is looking for six new apprentices in Norfolk and Suffolk for its award-winning engineering apprenticeship scheme to start in March next year.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on the ambitious Railway Upgrade Plan, providing plenty of opportunities for budding engineers to get stuck into a wide range of projects that will transform the way people travel around the Anglia region.

Opportunities are available at depots in Norwich and Ipswich, for either track or signalling roles. The scheme is open to applications until Friday 22 September, offering a fantastic opportunity for young people and those looking for a career change to earn whilst learning, gain valuable qualifications and skills and build a career in engineering.

Apprentices are guaranteed a job upon completion of the three-year course and more than four in five (83%) of those who started on the scheme a decade ago are still working for the organisation today.

David Woodard works in depots in Norwich and Colchester and finished his apprenticeship last year in Ipswich. He now works as an electrical technician and has been covering the team leader’s role since the beginning of the year. He gives an insight into life as an apprentice in this short video: 



David said: “I was working as an electrician before I applied and I did the apprenticeship to finish my electrical qualifications. I’m now a team leader and manage teams up to eight people out on site. There are a lot of opportunities to progress at Network Rail so long as you show you’re keen. The apprenticeship is a very diverse role and you get to learn a bit of everything. The Anglia route has some of the oldest equipment on it, for example the swing bridges, and some very modern equipment which challenges my skills and makes the work very interesting.”

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Network Rail’s apprenticeship scheme is a great opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience, transferable skills and recognised qualifications in one of Britain’s most exciting industries. Our people are our greatest asset and central to delivering for our customers a safe, reliable, affordable and growing railway, connecting communities with each other, connecting people with their jobs and supporting economic growth more broadly in Anglia as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”

The scheme also has a far higher retention rate than the national average for engineering. 75% of those that complete the scheme choose to go into employment with Network Rail, compared to the national average for engineering of 55%.

To find out more and apply for Network Rail’s advance apprenticeship scheme, visit:

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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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