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Meet our people
Joining Network Rail
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Rewards and benefits
Training and development
Industrial placement scheme
Trainee track engineering design scheme
Your opportunity to get On Track with Network Rail
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Our three-year Advanced Apprenticeship 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.
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.
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, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, 18 major stations, 8,200 commercial properties, and another 2,500 stations leased to train operators.
"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