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  • Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

    Your opportunity to get On Track with Network Rail

  • Watch our apprentices talking about the scheme

  • 2014 applications

    We're now taking applications for our 2014 Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme. 

    Our three-year Scheme will give you the knowledge, qualifications and confidence you need to build a really successful career.

    Every day we get 3 million people to their destination and thousands of tonnes of goods moved around the country. Rail is a greener and safer mode of transport, so it's no surprise that our railway has seen passenger numbers increase more than 40% in the past decade alone. And these numbers are expected to double by 2034. So we need to find the most talented people to help us maintain and upgrade our railway infrastructure.

    That’s where you come in.

    Earn while you learn

    With our Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme you earn as you learn. In the first year you'll be paid £8,400 plus £1,150 when you successfully finish the year. This rises to £11,750 in the second year and £14,000 in the third. In the first year we also pay for your accommodation, make sure you have three meals a day and also supply your work clothing and safety equipment.

    On top of all this, you get 28 days' holiday, plus bank holidays. In your first year, your leave is planned for you and we pay for you to travel home for planned long weekends, Christmas and Easter holidays. And during the scheme, you can claim all our company benefits too, such as discounted train travel to and from work - and a pension.

    Five engineering disciplines

    We offer engineering apprenticeships in five trade areas: track, signalling, electrification and plant, telecoms, and overhead line. Whichever trade you choose, you'll be working to transform our vast rail network, which includes 20,000 miles of track, 32,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, 17 major stations, 8,200 commercial properties, and another 2,500 stations leased to train operators.

    How to apply

    To be eligible, you 'll need four GCSEs (or Scottish and overseas equivalents) at Grades A* - C which must include English, Maths and a Science subject. We will accept some NVQ / BTEC qualifications in lieu of the Science element, depending on the subject studied.

    Go to our On Track Facebook page, the home of our Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.

    You don't need a Facebook account to view the page and you will only need a Facebook account if you want to ask us a question or make a comment on the page.

    If you wish, you can go straight to the application form.

  • "A great amount is invested in you and you gain so many qualifications and life skills. I would strongly recommend the Network Rail Apprenticeship to anyone of any age and would encourage them to apply as soon as possible."

    - Laura, 3rd year apprentice

    "Joining the scheme was one of the biggest decisions I've had to make although now I look back it should have been one of the easiest"

    - Paul, principle signalling support technician