Railway Engineering - Level 2 Apprenticeship

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Duration: 2 Years
Location: Workplace and College
Sector: Engineering

About the Course

Rail Engineering Operatives provide support to rail technicians and engineers. The engineering disciplines cover infrastructure and trains, track (including minor works), electrification, overhead lines, signalling, telecommunications and traction & rolling stock.

As an apprentice, you will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline. You will be responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railway to provide a safe and reliable railway for customers. 

The Rail Industry has a high level of safety-critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach. These employment opportunities include Track Operative, Overhead Line Operative, Electrification Operative, Traction & Rolling Stock Operative, Signalling Operative or Telecoms Operative. A Rail Engineering Operative may work on site or in a depot or in a technical office. 

What You'll Study

The skills you will learn include;

  • Legislation, regulation, industry procedures and safety requirements
  • The general engineering techniques required to support the maintenance, renewal and construction of the railway
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions including awareness of the importance of 3rd party requirement,  and the need to understand and adhere to corporate policies on ethics, equality and diversity.

There is also a code of behavioural conduct that you will be taught which includes acting professionally demonstrating dependability, determination, honesty and integrity, respecting others, acting ethically and contributing to sustainable development, sustaining a risk aware attitude so as to help reduce risks by checking information, concentrating on the task and be actively aware of changing circumstances on activity or task in hand. 


What Will I Need

You will need:

  • To be aged 16 or older
  • To be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week with 20% of your normal working hours set aside for you to complete your training and study
  • GCSEs at grade 4 or above in English and Maths or Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and Maths

All applicants must have an interview and assessment in English and Maths to confirm that the apprenticeship is suitable for them.

Employers may also set additional entry requirements, as a prerequisite to working with them.