25/10/2016 Network Rail Coventry Westwood, Coventry

Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships with Network Rail

  • Sector: engineering
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: 8617.96
  • Level: 2,3
Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships with Network Rail

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Are you ready for a career as bright and unique as you are?

Why Network Rail?

We have big plans for the railway and for our people.

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we have £25bn earmarked to invest in landmark projects and initiatives between 2014 and 2019. We’re hoping you’ll choose to join us and help turn our plans into reality; to create a world-class railway and really make a difference to rail travel in Britain.


We’re already making history through some of the largest engineering projects in Europe: Crossrail, Birmingham New Street Station and Thameslink. Our award-winning architectural developments are helping to regenerate towns, cities and businesses, whilst new train lines are connecting communities. The scope and scale of our operations and transformational projects is huge, offering incredibly varied opportunities to


Who you are

You have a good understanding of Maths and English, basic IT skills and are committed to further study and learning. You’re safety aware, with strong attention to detail and problem solving skills. You’re happy to listen and learn from others, with the confidence to communicate your own ideas and an ability to interpret and explain technical information.


How long is the scheme?

3 years


Where you’ll be based

First 20 weeks residential at Westwood, Coventry

The remainder of your time will be spent at a local depot close to your home


What career paths are available?




Electrification & Plant

Overhead Lines

Locking fitters


We’ll help you choose the right career path for you during the assessment process.


What you’ll be doing

In your first 20 weeks you’ll be one of 150 apprentices living and learning at Westwood, our world-class training facility. You’ll take on academic study at the same time as working, and complete a series of work-based learning assignments and reports.

Depending on the path you choose, once out in the field you could be designing signalling schemes, investigating loss of power to a substation, repairing damaged track, or developing new telecoms technology, all whilst making sure the trains keep running to schedule.

There’s lots to take in and a lot of responsibility to take on. But by the end of the scheme, you’ll be set up for a great future and career with Network Rail.



After year one

NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations

BTEC National Award in Engineering

Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Level 2

On completing the scheme

NVQ3 in Railway Engineering

ILM Level 3 in First Line Management


Entry requirements

Available to start September 2017

You must be aged 18 or over at start date, there is no upper age limit.

You’ll need at least four GCSEs at A*– C (or four Scottish National’s at Level 5 or equivalent). This must include Maths, English and a Science or Engineering subject.

We also accept a relevant BTEC/NVQ level 2 or above to replace Science or Engineering.


How we’ll reward you

Weekly wage – £165.73

During your 20 week residential training we’ll pay for your accommodation, three meals a day, your work clothing and personal safety equipment.

On top of all this, you’ll get 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

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