We invest a lot in our apprentices because we want you to be the future of our business

Applications for our September 2019 apprenticeship scheme have now closed. To be kept up to date on the latest information and upcoming apprenticeship schemes, please register your interest here.

Our apprenticeship scheme is very competitive – we receive a high number of quality applications each year.

Before starting your application please read the following:

1. Requirements

We'd love you to join us but there are some minimum requirements you must meet:

Start date

You will need to be available to start on 29 September 2019. All leave and holidays is scheduled by Network Rail.  We will be unable to accommodate any holidays or leave outside of the scheduled dates within the first 21 weeks of your apprenticeship.

Age limit

You must be aged 18 on or before 29 September 2019. This is to ensure 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.

Academic qualifications

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 Language at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5 **
  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5
  • GCSE Science at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5 Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject


  • One other GCSE in any subject at Grade A*– C / 9 – 5

*Please note that NVQ or BTEC Level 1 in an Engineering subject will not meet the required Standard

**English Literature will only be accepted as an additional qualification

Candidates can be considered for the Scheme if they hold equivalent qualifications to GCSEs at Level 2 or above.

Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English will be accepted. All 3 parts in English must be completed.  We cannot accept just English Reading or Writing.

The following qualifications are acceptable as equivalents (or above) to GCSEs:

  • Scottish National 5 or Scottish Standard 1-3
  • A Level at Grade A – E
  • AS Level at Grade A – E
  • O Level at Grade A – C
  • IGCSE at Grade A – C

(These must include English, Maths and Science or Engineering)

To 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 above

We will accept the equivalent qualifications from all of the UK countries. Please refer to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's guide 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.

General health

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:

  • sudden loss of consciousness, awareness or concentration
  • sudden incapacity
  • temporary loss of vision or coordination and balance
  • immobility.

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 not only of yourself, but of 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.

2. Our depot locations

Although part of your first year is spent at our Training Centre, you will be allocated a local depot. This is where you will be based for the remainder of your first year and the second and third years of the scheme. When you apply, we will consider you for vacancies at depots within 60 minutes travel time of your current home address. If you wish to be considered for a different geographical area, you’ll have the option of letting us know during your application.

3. Application process

Diversity and Inclusion: We are a company where every individual is able to succeed and is encouraged to reach their full potential within a culture that promotes diversity, inclusion and mutual respect. We value all our people and the contribution they make to the success of our organisation.  Find out more about our Diversity and Inclusion policy.

Positive action: We apply positive action in our apprentice recruitment process.  Positive action is a range of measures allowed under the Equality Act 2010 which can be lawfully taken to encourage and train people from under-represented groups to help them overcome disadvantages in competing with other applicants.

4. Apply

Applications for our September 2019 apprenticeship scheme have now closed.