Rail Engineering Advanced Technician


Qualification level: 4

Typical duration: 48 months (excluding End-Point Assessment)

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

Rail engineering advanced technicians provide technical solutions across the railway, and 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.


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

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).