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Apply to join our apprenticeship scheme

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

We are now open to applications for our September 2018 advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 March 2018.

Eligibility for our apprenticeship scheme

The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 29 September 2018. There’s no upper age limit.

To apply you’ll need at least four A*- C/ Grade 9-4 GCSEs (IGCSE’s accepted) or four Scottish Standard 1-3/National 5. 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.

You will need to be available to start on 29 September 2018. 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.

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Before starting your application we recommend that you read this information:

Network Rail is 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.

Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail

Network Rail applies 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.

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.

Although part of your first year is spent at Network Rail’s 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.

As we have a number of career paths available the initial recruitment process will identify suitable candidates with the right motivation and skills for the Apprenticeship Scheme. We will discuss which career paths you are suited to at the assessment centre.

There’s a lifetime of opportunity ahead. Start your epic career journey here. Good luck!

The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme - opportunities across Britain

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.

You can view all opportunities across Britain, or you can use the left hand menu to look at opportunities by region.