Network Rail has a three-year Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme which trains Maintenance Engineering Technicians in areas such as: Signalling, Off Track, Track, Distribution and Plant, Telecoms or Overhead Line.
Entry requirements: 4 subjects at National 5 including English, Maths and a science or engineering subject.
Applications for the March 2020 intake open in September. You need to apply by Monday 21 October 2019. You can find the link for the apprenticeship scheme here.
To qualify you need to be 18 years of age or older by the time you start your training.
If your online application is successful, you will then complete some aptitude tests followed by a telephone interview. If you pass these then you will attend the assessment centre for practical tests and an interview.
You need a good level of physical fitness, and have to pass a medical examination, which includes sight and hearing tests.
You will undergo regular drug and alcohol tests to make sure you are not under any influence during working hours – Network Rail have a zero tolerance policy.
Jobs are with Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining around 3,000 miles of track and related infrastructure in Scotland.
awareness of health and safety regulations and practices
an understanding of engineering and electrical principles.
You need to be able to:
deal with emergencies quickly and calmly
understand technical drawings and diagrams
pay attention to detail
work on your own as well as in a team
work quickly and accurately.
Training is on the job combined with off the job training.
All apprentice technicians must attend the Westwood training centre in the midlands region of England, for their first 23 weeks of training. Accommodation, meals, work clothing and safety equipment is provided. The remainder of training is based at a depot close to your home address.
In year 1 you study a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 and a Level 3 Engineering Award.
In years 2 and 3 you study NVQ Level 3 in Railway Engineering and ILM Level 3 in First Line Management.
Network Rail has a training centre in Larbert near Falkirk for training Scottish staff in new techniques and updating their existing skills.
With experience and suitable qualifications, you may be able to gain promotion to a senior technician post.
There are also opportunities to move into technical support, new works testing or signalling design.
Once you have qualified, you may be able to do further study and gain more advanced qualifications in engineering.
With these advanced qualifications, you may be able to register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) or as a professional engineer (IEng or CEng).
There can be opportunities for further promotion to supervisory or management positions.
There also could be opportunities to move into related technical posts within the rail industry.
The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK.