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Apprentice training at Westwood

A cornerstone for development of our company

The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is a cornerstone for the future development of our company.  Join us and benefit from a training and development programme that will equip you to become the technician, team leader, supervisor, manager and engineer of the future.

A workforce for the future

As the use of technology increases, and we introduce new and innovative methods of work, we will need a workforce with a strong underpinning knowledge of engineering principles, who are highly motivated, flexible and who by instinct apply our lifesaving rules and personify the Network Rail behaviours.

Year one of the apprenticeship scheme focuses on:

  • understanding and applying basic engineering principles
  • health and safety awareness
  • personal and life skills development
  • preparing for the depot-based learning experience.

The first year focuses on developing the individual, including the Network Rail behaviours and our lifesaving rules, and giving the apprentices the skills and understanding of first principles in engineering, which they can apply in years two and three, as they work towards achieving competence in their chosen technical discipline.

The training facilities

Westwood has bespoke engineering training equipment to meet the requirements of the BTEC and NVQ qualifications that form an integral part of the programme. The mechanical and electrical workshops have been specifically fitted out to meet all the academic requirements and deliver a world class engineering training programme.

Our apprentices also have access to the leadership and management training facilities at Westwood which they will utilise to complete the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) level 2 programme.

Your accommodation

You will have your own ensuite room, equipped with a TV and air conditioning. During your free time you’ll have access to the on-site gym, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, squash court and activity studio. In the local area there are shops, sporting activities and plenty of nightlife!

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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Pay and benefits

As an Advanced Apprentice, you’ll earn while you learn, with free food and accommodation during the period of your residential stay.

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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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FAQs

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

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