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Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

08 November 2019

By Rail Technology Magazine

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

Network Rail is looking for its next generation of rail leaders with a Level 3 Engineering apprenticeship scheme.

The three-year course is taking applications from now and will remain open until all places have been filled ready for March 2020 when the scheme starts.

Anyone ages 18 or over, on or by March 29 2020 is able to apply for the Edexcel, City & Guilds and ILM accredited qualification.

The Network Rail apprenticeships will combine on-the-job training and classroom-based learning, enabling candidates to ‘earn as they learn’ and gain first-hand experience and skills from a range of different rail careers.

By starting your rail career in a Network Rail apprenticeship, candidates gain a chartered membership of a professional engineering institute and the potential to study for further qualifications.

Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s route director for Wales and Borders, said:

“The 1,700 people working for Network Rail in Wales and Borders are our greatest asset and play a vital role in delivering a safe and reliable railway for passengers. Our apprentices play crucial role: ensuring we have the right skillsets in place and future-proofing our railways for many years to come.”

“I would urge anyone that has the ambition and enthusiasm to make a difference every single day and contribute to building a railway for the future, to consider applying for our apprenticeship scheme.”

By combining a mixture of theory and practical, living and working at dedicated training centres and local depots, people are supported to enhance their industry knowledge while being a vital part of the safe and reliable running of the nation’s railways.

Ben Gough, former apprentice for Network Rail’s Wales and Borders route, added:

“I applied for the scheme because I believed it would be a fantastic opportunity to be involved in an industry that is quite different, very interesting and so important the economy and passengers who rely on rail. After reading about the apprentice scheme, I quickly realised how varied the opportunities were.”

The course offers a lot of extra benefits, on top of the salary and qualifications upon completion, candidates are entitled to 36 days’ holidays, accommodation and food.

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