Rail Engineering Advanced Technician

Apprenticeship

Qualification level: 4

Typical duration: 48 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: Electrification; Overhead Lines; Rail Systems; Signalling; Telecoms; Track; Traction & Rolling Stock

The Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Apprenticeship gives learners the skills required to provide technical solutions across the railway. They are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the following areas: track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction and rolling stock, and rail systems.

Funding

Maximum funding (the maximum amount government will fund for apprenticeship training): £27,000

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. The main themes of what they will learn include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Rail Engineering Solutions and Innovation
  • Rail Operations
  • Electrical Principles
  • Corporate Operations

In addition to the core, they will specialise in one of the following pathways: Electrification; Overhead Lines; Rail Systems; Signalling; Telecoms; Track; Traction & Rolling Stock

Apprentices completing the apprenticeship will also:

  • Gain a formal qualification in Level 4 Rail Engineering (Competence) and Level 4 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
  • Gain their English and Maths at Level 2 (if they don’t already hold them).