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Rail & Rail Systems Engineer

Apprenticeship

Qualification level: 5

Typical duration: 24 months (excluding End-Point Assessment)

Typical delivery model: Block release (2 weeks every half-term)

Block 1: 6 – 17 February 2023 (Individual Design Project)

Block 2: 17 – 28 April 2023 (Engineering Maths and Materials)

Block 3: 5 – 16 June 2023 (Materials and Mechanical Engineering)

Block 4: 10 – 21 July 2023 (Computing and Mechanical Engineering)

Blocks 5 – 12: TBC

Available pathways: Rail Civil Engineering; Track Engineering; Signalling & Control Systems; Rail Systems Integration; Traction & Rolling Stock; Telecoms, Networks & Digital; Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services

The Rail & Rail Systems Engineer Apprenticeship gives learners the skills required to ensure the railway runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis and provide rail-specific engineering knowledge across their own organisation to ensure this is the case. This includes supporting work relating to the integrated safe design, construction, installation, maintenance, renewal, or decommissioning of assets and equipment, to provide a safe and reliable railway.

Key dates

Block 1: 6 – 17 February 2023 (Individual Design Project)

Block 2: 17 – 28 April 2023 (Engineering Maths and Materials)

Block 3: 5 – 16 June 2023 (Materials and Mechanical Engineering)

Block 4: 10 – 21 July 2023 (Computing and Mechanical Engineering)

Blocks 5 – 12: TBC

Funding

Maximum funding (the maximum amount government will fund for apprenticeship training): £22,000

Apprenticeships are funded either via your apprenticeship levy (if your organisation has an annual PAYE bill of over £3m) or via the Education and Skills Funding Agency (who provide 95-100% funding depending on the size of your business).

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths & English at grade 4/C+

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Apprentices will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to become ‘Occupationally Competent’ in the role, including:

  • Safe and professional working practices
  • The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design principles
  • How to contribute effectively to the delivery of rail specific engineering solutions
  • How strategic decisions are made including financial planning, budget control, commercial impacts, contractual obligations, supply chain management and resource constraints within a railway/regulated industry.
  • Problem solving and continuous improvement tools/techniques in a railway context.
  • How teams work effectively; supporting individuals/teams to contribute to high performance within a safety critical sector and understanding how the specialist rail areas link together and their dependencies.
  • How to attract, recruit, develop and retain people including organisational change theory and performance management techniques within the safety critical rail sector.
  • Approaches to partner, stakeholder and supplier relationship management within the rail industry and collaborative working techniques including negotiation, influencing, and effective networking within a railway/regulated industry.

In addition to the core, they will specialise in one of the following pathways: Rail Civil Engineering; Track Engineering; Signalling & Control Systems; Rail Systems Integration; Traction & Rolling Stock; Telecoms, Networks & Digital; Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services

Apprentices completing the apprenticeship will also gain their English and Maths at Level 2 (if they don’t already hold them).

This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship partially contributes to the requirements for IEng.