Rail Engineering Technician


Qualification level: 3

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

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

Rail engineering technicians provide technical support to rail engineers, and are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railway.


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. The main themes of what they will learn include:

  • Working safely within railway engineering
  • Mathematics for engineers
  • Rail engineering solutions and innovation
  • Mechanical principles
  • Managing a professional rail engineering project
  • Rail engineering principles
  • Rail engineering technologies

Apprentices completing the apprenticeship will also:

  • Gain a formal qualification in Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence) and Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
  • Gain their English and Maths at Level 2 (if they don’t already hold them).