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Pay and benefits for our apprentices

An Advanced Apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn

We pay you £8,618 during your first year, plus £1,150 for successful completion. This rises to £12,055 in the second year and £14,364 in the third year. During your first year of training there will be a 20 week residential stay at Westwood, Network Rail’s training centre.

The salary is currently under review. Please check this page for updates.

While you’re at Westwood we’ll pay for your accommodation, three meals a day (brunch and dinner on Sundays), your work clothing and personal safety equipment. On top of all this, you’ll get 28 days’ holiday, plus bank holidays.

Company benefits

In your first year, your leave is planned for you and we pay for you to travel home for planned long weekends, Christmas and Easter holidays. During the scheme, you can claim all our company benefits too, such as discounted train travel to and from work and a pension.

Inner London allowance

We also offer an inner London allowance of £3,100 per annum (for employees working at a Network Rail location within a 16-mile radius of Charing Cross) and outer London allowance of £1,800 per annum (for employees working at a Network Rail location over 16 miles and up to 40 miles from Charing Cross).

If you travel by train, we offer 75 per cent discount on annual season tickets up to a maximum of £3,000 in addition to an interest-free season ticket loan.

Pension options

We’re proud to offer a range of pension schemes which provide flexibility and choice for our employees. Most new employees are eligible to join either the NRDC defined contribution scheme, or the NR CARE Scheme; our career average scheme which is a type of defined benefit arrangement. After five years’ continuous company service you become eligible to join the defined benefit Network Rail section of the Railways Pension Scheme, unless you are eligible when you start employment.

You can find detailed information about our schemes at www.myNRpension.co.uk.
Feel free to contact us with any questions using the contact details provided.

What you'll be doing

From track to electrification and plant, discover the range of training on offer and hear more from our current apprentices.

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About the scheme

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 training centre

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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FAQs

You’ll probably have lots of questions, so look here to see if they’ve been answered

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