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Applications to join our Apprentice Scheme in March 2017 are now open. Please apply by Monday 31st October.
Our apprentice scheme is very competitive and we receive a high number of quality applications every year. The application process reflects the strength of our offering and our search for applicants who are serious and enthusiastic about working for Network Rail.
The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is open to anyone who will be aged 18 by 1 April 2017. There is no upper age limit. To apply you’ll need at least four A*-C GCSE’s (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 are still sitting your exams as long as you will 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 strongly recommend that you read the below information on the various steps of the process before starting your application, to give yourself the best chance of succeeding.
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.Age LimitYou must be aged 18 or older on 1 April 2017. 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.
In order for a candidate to be considered for entry to the Network Rail Apprenticeship Scheme they must hold the following Academic qualifications: GCSE English at Grade A* - C GCSE Mathematics at Grade A* - C GCSE Science at Grade A* - C Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject And One other GCSE in any subject at Grade A* - C*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: A Level at Grade A – E AS Level at Grade A – E O Level at Grade A – C IGCSE at Grade A - CTo satisfy the requirement for ‘one other GCSE in any subject at Grade A* - C’ any of the following qualifications at pass level or above (merit or distinction) will be accepted: QCF Functional Skills Level 2 NQF Key Skills Level 2 or above NQF Higher Diploma NVQ Level 2 or above QCF Certificate and Diploma at Level 2 or above BTEC Award, Certificate or Diploma at Level 2 or aboveWe 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.
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.Medical examination
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 of not only 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.
Complete our online Match-me quiz, which is designed to show you what it’s like to work at Network Rail and based on your answers we will give you an indication as to whether you’re likely to be a good match for one of our roles or not. In order to take the quiz you will first need to register as a new candidate, however this does not mean you are under any obligation to go on and submit a full application.
Take the Match-me quiz
If on completion of the Match-me quiz you are encouraged to apply for the scheme, the next step is to complete our short online application form. There are no lengthy questions contained in the application form, it is mainly collecting your biographical data. This can be followed immediately by taking our Situational Judgement Test (SJT), although you can return to complete this at another time if you prefer.
The SJT is a test which presents you with typical scenarios that you might face in the role at Network Rail and asks you to choose what you think are the most and least effective courses of action, from multiple-choice options. The SJT has been specifically designed to provide you with a realistic preview of what it is like to work in Network Rail and has been tested with existing employees to ensure it is fit for purpose. It is testing your natural ability to analyse situations and make decisions, think about the implications of your actions and weigh up the best course of action. It also tests your approach to working and collaborating with others, communicating with others and your ability to work quickly through specific job related problems. It is not a timed test but there are right and wrong answers which assess your overall fit for Network Rail against our pre-defined success criteria and values.
In order to work through the SJT as effectively as possible, you should try to:
If you meet our essential criteria and successfully pass the SJT, you’ll then be invited to play our psychometric game.
What is the psychometric game and how should I prepare?
At Network Rail we try to make our
recruitment and assessment process as interesting and exciting as
possible. We don’t use traditional psychometric tests as we feel that
these can be anxiety provoking for candidates. The game is a fun and
engaging way for us to assess your numerical, logical and verbal skills.
You’ll work your way through a number of different levels where you’ll
encounter different scenarios and problems to resolve.
In order to play the game you’ll need to
download an app to your smartphone or tablet. It should take you between
20-30 minutes to complete the game. There will be a practice game at
the start so you can take your time and familiarise yourself with how it
all works before completing the real thing.
If your gaming skills are up to scratch, we’ll then want to get to know you better via a telephone interview. During the 10 – 15 minute 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 telephone interview:
The final stage in the process is an assessment centre; these will be held at various locations across the country.
What is assessment centre and how should I prepare?
You’ll be asked to take part in a group exercise and a face-to-face interview. It’s a chance for you to meet some of our senior leaders and current apprentices, to ask us questions and demonstrate your enthusiasm for a career at Network Rail. From our point of view, the assessment centre will give us a realistic picture of you, your skills, abilities and knowledge of our business.
We very much want you to be successful at the assessment centre and will do our best to make you feel welcome and as relaxed as possible.
It is important that you can demonstrate that you have an interest in Network Rail, the railway industry and that you understand who Network Rail’s stakeholders and customers are, so please do your research in advance.
Before the assessment centre:
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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.
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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.
From track to electrification and plant, discover the range of training on offer and hear more from our current apprentices.
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 Westwood, our National Training Centre in the Midlands and more than two years hands on experience at a local depot.
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Westwood has bespoke engineering training equipment to meet the requirements of the BTEC and NVQ qualifications that form an integral part of the programme.
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