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Join us for three fascinating, surprising and career-advancing years as an apprentice.

Your journey starts here. An Engineering Apprenticeship with Network Rail is the first step into an exciting career in the Rail industry. As part of our team, you’ll help shape national projects, embrace the latest tech and learn the skills to succeed.

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Three years. Expert training. Real experience. Earn while you learn.
Our apprenticeship programme offers a mix of online learning and residential stays at our training centres.

After an initial period of training which usually includes a residential stay, you’ll join a depot close to home where you’ll specialise in one of the maintenance disciplines You’ll be surrounded by experts, who’ll help you learn every day, then when you start to develop your skills, you’ll be able to look at a variety of career options. And even move on to further qualifications

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The aftermath of Tough Mudder
A team building challenge
Our apprentices raising money for charity
Putting their new found knowledge to the test
Putting their new found knowledge to the test

Your pathway

You’ll be assigned to a pathway to specialise in, which depends on the needs of the depot you’ve applied. Whichever pathway you’re assigned to, you’ll be doing work that makes a difference to millions of passengers every day — helping to transform our vast network of rail, lineside access points, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future.

Salary and benefits

An apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn.

Currently the salary in the first year is £10,609 (plus all costs paid for residential stays).

You will also be eligible for a payment of £1,347 on successfully completing the first year.

The salary in the second year increases to

  • Age 18 – 20: £13, 655 per annum*
  • Age 21 – 24: £14,561 per annum*
  • Age 25+: £15,380 per annum*

The salary in the third year increases to £16,054 per annum*.

*subject to change

Extra benefits

During the scheme, you’ll be eligible for  all our employee benefits too including a pension scheme;

Find a depot near you

Following the first phase of the scheme, you will join your local depot. This is where you will be based for the remainder of the programme with the exception of further training courses.

When you apply, we will condier 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.

The map shows our current open locations.

Can’t find a location near you? We will be accepting applications for our March 2022 intake in September 2021  

To be the first to know please register your interest.

Want to apply?

Think you’ve got what it takes to thrive in the Rail industry? Our apprenticeship scheme gets a high number of applications each year, so there are some minimum requirements you’ll need to meet to apply:

This scheme is now closed

To be notified when our schemes are live again, register your interest.

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