Train Driver


Qualification level: 3

Typical duration: 12 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

The Train Driver apprenticeship gives learners the skills to drive trains in a safe, punctual, economic manner over various routes in accordance with rail rules, regulations and procedures. A Train Driver could work in a number of rail environments, such as high speed, passenger, freight, underground, metro, suburban, cross border, depots, sidings or maintenance sheds.


Maximum funding (the maximum amount government will fund for apprenticeship training): £21,000

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, Maths and ICT (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
  • Security
  • Compliance and legislation
  • Communication methods and procedures
  • Management of operational incidents and emergencies
  • Driving, stopping and taking a train out of service
  • Train dispatch
  • Route learning
  • Commercial awareness
  • Customer service

Apprentices completing the apprenticeship will also:

  • Gain their English, Maths and ICT at Level 2 (if they don’t already hold them).
  • Be able to progress to the Associate or Affiliate level of professional registration with the Institution of Railway Operators and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.