Rail Infrastructure Operator


Qualification level: 3

Typical duration: 18 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 Infrastructure Operator Apprenticeship provides learners with the skills required to ensure trains travel on the network safely and efficiently to plan. Rail infrastructure operators use signalling and train control systems to manage the rail transport network in line with an agreed train plan/timetable.


Maximum funding (the maximum amount government will fund for apprenticeship training): £15,000

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:

  • Evolution of the railway
  • Safety legislation and procedures
  • Operation of a railway system
  • Planning and timetabling principles and processes
  • Performance management and asset management
  • Pre-work and in-work testing
  • Communication techniques

Apprentices completing the apprenticeship will also:

  • Be eligible for the following professional recognition: Associate of the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators.
  • Gain their English and Maths at Level 2 (if they don’t already hold them).