Rail & Rail Systems Senior Engineer

Degree Apprenticeship

Qualification level: 6

Typical duration: 36 months (excluding End-Point Assessment)

Offered at both our Birmingham and Doncaster campuses

Block release/day release/delivery in the workplace are available, subject to meeting demand and minimum numbers

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 Senior Engineer Apprenticeship gives learners the skills required to take responsibility for people and the work in hand within a conventional or high speed railway context.  They lead people or processes in tasks such as managing integrated safe design, construction, installation, maintenance, renewal, or decommissioning, all with the aim of providing a safe and reliable railway.

Funding

Maximum funding (the maximum amount government will fund for apprenticeship training): £24,000

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

The employer sets the entry requirements for the programme, but apprentices will need to achieve Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE or equivalent at grade 4/C+) before taking their end-point assessment.

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 effectively manage the delivery of engineering solutions within a railway/regulated sector
  • Business planning
  • Research methodologies, data analytics, problem solving, continuous improvement
  • Team and role theory and the development of high performing teams and individuals
  • Collaborative working techniques

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 will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for IEng.