150 Network Rail apprenticeships up for grabs28 January 2016
Job seekers are encouraged to apply early as Network Rail’s
popular and award-winning Advanced Apprenticeship scheme opens for
- The three-year scheme includes on-the-job training and off-railway learning at training centres
- Katie Tingle, a former apprentice, now runs the Mobile Maintenance Train out of Derby
Network Rail is looking to recruit 150 apprentices nationwide as
it continues to deliver its £38bn Railway Upgrade Plan. Last year, it received
more than 3,500 applications for the scheme.
Apprentices will be part of the 20,000-strong Orange Army of
front-line engineers and technicians who fix and maintain the rail
infrastructure, enabling 1.6bn journeys every year.
Advanced Apprenticeship scheme offers young people over the age of 18 a chance
to earn while they learn, while gaining valuable work experience, transferable
skills and recognised qualifications along the way.
The scheme was launched today (Thursday 28 January) as the
Government announced its commitment to 30,000 apprenticeships across the
transport sector over the course of this parliament as part of its Transport
The majority of those coming through the Advanced Apprenticeship
scheme also progress their career with Network Rail, with 85 per cent of those
who started on the scheme in 2005 still working for the organisation.
Katie Tingle completed the scheme in 2012 and, with her team of
11, is now responsible for running the newest Mobile Maintenance Train (MMT) or
“workshop on wheels” out of Derby. The MMT is revolutionising the way in which
track maintenance is carried out, its key feature being that it allows workers
to operate within an enclosed environment, protecting them from the elements
and other trains and allowing engineering work to take place without the whole
line having to close.
Joining the Network Rail apprenticeship scheme was one of the best things I’ve
ever done. Not only did I get paid to learn, I now have a career that I love.
I’ve been given so many opportunities, and bringing this new, ground-breaking
piece of machinery to my home town depot is one of the highlights.
An apprenticeship can give you a lot of extra life skills as
well as just the specific expertise you set out to learn, for example I’ve
learned how to budget and manage teams. You’ll gain knowledge you’ll be able to
use wherever you end up. I would advise anyone who wants a rewarding career,
and the skills and qualifications you need to get on, to sign up. You won’t
Katie Tingle, track section manager and former Network Rail apprentice
This September will see the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme move
from its naval base at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire to its modern training
and development centre in the West Midlands.
Apprentices train in one of five specialist areas: track,
signalling, telecoms, electrification and plant or overhead lines. They spend
the first five months of the three-year scheme at the West Midlands training
centre before moving to their local depots and learning through on-the-job
training on the railway’s front line, gaining knowledge and vital skills from
experienced team members. This is complemented by additional off-railway
learning at Network Rail's training centres.
bright, young talent with fresh thinking, enthusiasm and dedication to our
35,000-strong team is a critical part of how we will deliver our Railway
Upgrade Plan and make our railway bigger and better as it becomes ever
We want talented and capable young people who want a job where
you make a difference every single day as we continue to build a better, safer
railway for now and for the future.
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail
More than 2,000 people have joined Network Rail’s Advanced Apprenticeship scheme since 2005, including school and college leavers as well as others who were unhappy with their jobs and chose to go back and into training to secure a more stable, long-term career.
just help people get around, it helps them get on. Our record investment is
creating thousands of high quality careers across the country, many of which
require Britain’s best minds.
We need apprentices to deliver our world class infrastructure
system and plan to create 30,000 apprenticeships in the rail and road sector by
2020. We’ll be writing new apprenticeship targets into contracts for suppliers
and also have agreement from employers on stretching new goals to encourage
more women to consider careers in the industry. I hope that people across the
country take advantage of this fantastic opportunity with Network Rail.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone
who is 18 by 1 October 2016.
Find out more about the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme, including case studies of current
and former apprentices talking about their own experiences