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Level 2 Off-track Apprenticeship

Creating a positive environment matters 

If working outdoors supporting nature matters to you. You matter to us. As one of the largest landowners in Britain, we rely on our Off-track team to ensure the natural areas around our tracks and stations works with us, not against us.

Close up of rail track with engineers working in the background

You’ll be mentored by experienced hands, and form strong bonds with those around you in one of our close-knit teams. With plenty of opportunity to progress to technician roles once you’ve completed the programme, this is a great way to launch an exciting career. So if you feel further education isn’t for you, this is an opportunity to study towards a series of recognised qualifications in land management, while earning a living, and building a stable career. 


  • You need be aged 18 or over to apply for the scheme.
  • Your salary in the first year is £10,609, plus a £1,347 payment for successfully completing year one. Your salary will rise year on year to £16,054 in the fourth year.
  • This apprenticeship lasts for four years.
  • Our apprenticeships opportunities are located in: Cardiff, Swansea, Hereford Shrewsbury, Northampton, Preston, Gloucester.

Who you are matters  

We look for a natural passion for looking after the natural environment, and the focus to turn that interest into a career in water and land management. You’ll have a good standard of written and verbal communication skills, to ensure you have what it takes to pass your studies. And be eager to learn how to care for the trees and plants that grow around our railway network. You’ll be comfortable working in a team, but just as able to work on your own at times. With health and safety always at the forefront of your mind, you’ll be capable of looking after yourself, and your team, when working near the tracks in all kinds of weather conditions. 

What you’ll be doing  

Throughout your apprenticeship, you’ll get practical, hands-on experience of how to maintain, improve and repair the various drainage, vegetation and access facilities that surround our railways. Whether repairing fences, managing tree growth, or ensuring water and plants aren’t affecting the way trains can run on the tracks, you’ll learn the many elements involved in off-track upkeep. Sometimes you’ll need to remove dead and diseased trees, or cut branches back, while at other times you’ll be plant new shrubs. Either way, you’ll always have an eye on supporting and maintaining the biodiverse habitat around our network.   

What you’ll get out of it  

You’ll gain your Arborist Level 2, Fencing Installer Level 2, and Water Environment Work and Countryside Worker certifications. You’ll also gain first aid and manual handling qualifications. 

Your benefits matter 

  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays.  
  • 5 volunteer days to contribute to your favourite causes. 
  • Access to our employee assistance program, to help you with any finance, family, health or wellbeing issues you have. 
  • Up to 75% discount on rail and underground season tickets. 
  • Discounted online shopping. 
  • Healthcare club membership discount. 
  • Childcare vouchers. 
  • Access to a range of pension and insurance schemes. 
  • Two weeks paid reserve leave for members of our Armed Forces community. 

The opportunities it leads to 

Thanks to the variety of qualifications and skills you’ll develop during your Off-Track Apprenticeship, there’s plenty of choice for career progression. Depending on what aspects of Off-track interests you the most, you can move towards forestry and water management, or engineering and asset career paths.   

The entry requirements 

We require apprentices to have at least a GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and English. 

We matter to millions. You could too. 

Applications are now closed

We will be accepting applications for our 2023 schemes in October 2022. To be the first to find out, please register your interest below.

Discover a different apprenticeship 

If the Off-Track Apprenticeship isn’t quite what you’re looking for, why not take a look at some of the other apprenticeship schemes we have. You’ll find them here. 

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