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We're still accepting applications for a number of locations. Please enter your postcode to see where we have positions available. Apply early to avoid disappointment as locations will be closed once sufficient applications have been received.
The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 by 1 October 2016. There’s no upper age limit. To apply you’ll need at least four A*-C GCSEs (IGCSE’s accepted) or four Scottish Standard 1-3 or equivalent. These must include English, Maths and Science or Engineering. We’re happy for you to apply while you’re still sitting your exams as long as you’ll have your results before the start of the scheme. There are also some medical and physical fitness requirements to ensure safety on the track.
We'd love you to join us but there are some minimum requirements you must meet. There are also a number of documents you need to have to hand. Please make sure you read the following information carefully before starting your application.
You must be aged 18 or older on 1st October 2016. This is because all apprentices will be required trackside from the outset of their training programme, ensuring we are compliant with Health & Safety requirements and regulations around shift patterns and working at night for under-18s. There is no upper age limit for the programme.
*Please note that NVQ or BTEC Level 1 in an Engineering subject will not meet the required StandardCandidates can be considered for the Scheme if they hold equivalent qualifications to GCSEs at Level 2 or above.The following qualifications are acceptable as equivalents (or above) to GCSEs:
We will accept the equivalent qualifications from all of the UK countries. Please refer to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education'sguide to comparing qualifications in the UK.
You must show us the original certificates. We cannot accept the statement of results letter you received from your school or college on results day. If you need replacement certificates or a statement of results certificate , please contact the relevant exam board as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks. Your school or college will tell you who to contact.
If you gained your qualifications abroad: we will need a NARIC translation of your exam results before we can process your application. You can get one from www.naric.org.uk but please contact them as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.
If you are currently in the process of sitting your exams:
You can still apply - however, you will need to contact us when results are announced to confirm that you have achieved the minimum grade in the subjects required. Any offer made in these circumstances will be subject to meeting our minimum academic requirements.
You’ll need to upload a copy of your exam certificates with your application form (including UK NARIC translation of any qualifications gained overseas) and show us the original certificates when you come for the assessment centre.
The recruitment process is all about making sure you’re right for us and we’re right for you. You’ll complete a brief application form and a short questionnaire so we can find out a bit more about you and what sort of things you’re good at doing.
As an apprentice, you need a good basic understanding of Maths and English and an aptitude for the other subjects you will study. This test will show us what level of knowledge you have.
If you pass the online tests, you will be invited to a 10-15 minutes long telephone interview. During the interview we want to gain an understanding of what motivates you to join Network Rail’s Apprentice programme.
Useful tips to help you prepare for the interview:
If you pass all the tests above, you’ll be asked to come to meet us in person and take part in some practical challenges and an interview. We will also talk to you about the career paths available and which ones best suit you.
If you’re invited to our assessment centre, you’ll need to bring:
These are outdoor roles that require a good level of physical fitness. We also have very rigorous safety standards for people who work on or near the track. We need to know if you have a medical condition or are taking medication that may cause any of the following:
If you have a known medical condition we’ll carry out a risk assessment so that we can, where possible, find a safe system of work for you.
If you are offered a place on the apprenticeship scheme, you’ll have a full medical exam, including sight and hearing checks. We’ll also ask your doctor for information on any existing medical condition, such as diabetes, or any medications you’re being prescribed. As this is such a physically demanding job, it’s really important that you pass the medical examination, for the health and safety not only of you, but for those around you. So, unfortunately those who don’t pass won’t be able to take part in the apprenticeship.
If you fail to disclose anything at this stage, we’ll have to withdraw any offer we make.
Applying for jobs and opportunities takes time and effort, so make sure it’s all worthwhile! The following points will help you get your application right. We’ll also be posting more hints and tips on Facebook over the coming months, including help with the Assessment Centre.
So now you’ve read all the important information on the website and you’re ready to get going with your application.
We invest a lot in our apprentices because we want you to be the future of our business. Please read the following before you start the application process. We also recommend that you read our Hints and Tips above.
There’s a lifetime of opportunity ahead. Start your epic career journey here. Good luck!
Finding a role in a suitable location is easy. All you need to do is enter your home postcode in the search field below and click ‘Go’.
This will show you all the depots that fall within a 75 minute car journey of your chosen postcode. By clicking on one of the depots you’ll be able to find out the distance from your selected postcode, and how long a journey there should take by car.
If you’re planning to commute by public transport, please check travel times for yourself using timetables as the journey will probably take longer than driving there yourself. Please make sure you can travel to and from the depot you apply to within 1 hour 15 minutes.
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As an Advanced Apprentice, you’ll earn while you learn, with free food and accommodation during the period of your residential stay.
Our three year scheme includes a residential stay at our National Training Centre in the Midlands and more than two years hands on experience at a local depot.
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