Your Career Path
Whichever career path you choose, you’ll be working to transform our vast network of rail, lineside access points, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future. All the while you’ll be building experience that will set you up for the future too.
Our railway lines are the economic arteries of our nation. The vital work you will be doing will keep the lines safe and reliable for the millions of people who use the railways every day.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure which path to take. During the assessment process our experienced recruitment team will identify the most suitable discipline for you, based on your strengths.
Kickstarting your apprenticeship:
Whichever career path you follow, the first phase of the programme will be spent living and learning at one of our dedicated training centres; Westwood and HMS Sultan. Here you will develop the technical knowhow and leadership ability you’ll need for the many exciting challenges ahead. You'll be working towards an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Engineering Award, so there'll be a mix of academic work as well as hands-on practical experience.
- NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations
- Level 3 Engineering Award
What you’ll be doing
We’re vital to Britain’s future success, which means we could play a big part in yours. Network Rail looks after 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and thousands of signals and level crossings.
In your first 21 weeks you’ll be one of 150 apprentices living and learning at Westwood, our world-class training facility. The rest of your scheme will be spent working from a depot close to home. Specialising in electrification and plant, overhead lines, signalling, telecoms, track or off track, you’ll receive expert training.
First 23 weeks
Living away from home for the first time can be daunting. But as one of many apprentices, you won't be alone. You'll live and learn at one of our residential training centres.
You’ll be supported by the apprentice delivery team who have extensive experience in working with and developing apprentices, helping you to flourish. There are a few rules to keep everyone safe and to ensure consideration for others, but mostly you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the sports and leisure facilities and have lots of fun.
During the residential phase you’ll be working to a busy training schedule, so we plan your leave for you, which includes long weekends and block periods over Christmas or Easter.
Whilst at Westwood we guarantee you won’t have time to feel bored or lonely as there’s a packed schedule including technical training, self-study and fitness activities. You’ll have access to the on-site facilities including the gym, swimming pool and squash court.
In the local area, you'll find shops, sporting activities and plenty of nightlife, so you’ll never be short of things to do! Previous apprentice intakes have arranged various charitable events throughout the local community including Tough Mudder, team marathons and charity car washes.
We’ll pay for your:
- Three meals a day
- Scheduled trips home
- Safety clothing and equipment
This is where you will join an engineering team at a depot close to home. You’ll get out and about on the network, learning alongside more experienced colleagues and applying the knowledge gained during Phase One to real life engineering tasks. There's lots to take in and a lot of responsibility to take on. By the end of the three years, you'll be set up for a great future and career with Network Rail.
You'll also be working towards an NVQ Level 3 in railway engineering specific to your discipline. This involves a combination of rail-specific technical courses, work experience and formal assessments.
How we’ll reward you
An Advanced Apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn.
We pay you £9,479 during your first year, plus £1,265 for successful completion. During your 21 week residential stay at Westwood we’ll pay for your accommodation, three meals a day (brunch and dinner on Sundays), your work clothing and personal safety equipment.
Depending on your age this will rise to the following in your second year:
Age 18 -20 - £12,525.00
Age 21-24 - £13,331.40 (£13,431.60 from 1st April 2018)
Age 25+ - £14,182.35 (£14,250.60 from 1st April 2018)
and £14,924.20 in the third year.
On top of this, you’ll get 28 days holidays, plus bank holidays.
Eligibility for our apprenticeship scheme
The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 29 Sept 2018. There’s no upper age limit.
You’ll need at least four GCSEs at A*– C (or four Scottish National’s at Level 5 or equivalent). This must include Maths, English and a Science or Engineering subject.
You will need to be available to start on 29 Sept 2018. Please note you will be unable to take holiday during the first 21 weeks of the scheme outside of scheduled holiday dates.
Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.
Are you ready for a career as bright and unique as you are? Apply now!