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Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship

Keeping passengers moving matters. 

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.

Three female Level 3 engineering apprentices in orange Network Rail workwear chat happily walking through a railway tunnel.

If embracing the latest tech and shaping national rail projects matters to you. You matter to us.

Our Level 3 Engineering Apprentices get to team up with experienced engineers at one of our depots, so they can learn what goes into keeping thousands of miles of power lines and tracks up and running, and fit for use. 

Whichever area of engineering you specialise in, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll be doing work that makes a difference to millions of passengers every day. Do well, and once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you can set your sights on an unlimited number of career options, with plenty of opportunity for further training as you progress. 


  • You need be aged 18 or over on or before 27 March 22 to apply for this 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 third year.
  • The scheme lasts for three years.
  • We have a large list of locations, so please check-out the map below to find locations near you.

Who you are matters  

We look for people who can stand out from the crowd. People who love working in a team, yet have the capability to make judgements based on their own knowledge and experience. Your eye for detail, and the ability to solve problems, will make you a valued member of your team.  

You’ll find yourself out in all weather, around the clock, seven days a week, so you’ll need to be flexible about travelling and working shifts, and be up for working in all conditions. And the health and safety of your colleagues will always be at the forefront of your mind. 

Your health and safety will always be at the forefront of our minds too. And because you’ll be working in a safety critical environment, around live wires, and on train tracks, we’ll ask you to attend a medical before we offer you a place on this scheme. This confidential process will involve hearing and vision checks, alongside establishing any existing medical conditions you may have, or medication you take. If the doctor advises we make adjustments for you after the medical, we will of course try where possible to accommodate this.  

What you'll be doing

Starting with online learning and visits to your local training centre, before progressing to a placement with an engineering team at your local depot. Here, you’ll be given a pathway to specialise in. This will relate to the needs of the depot you’ve applied to. Potential pathways include: 

What you’ll get out of it

After completing the course, you’ll not only have your NVQ Level 3 in Railway Engineering, you’ll also hold the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3. You could even have further support and sponsorship from us to attend university and the chance to achieve professional qualifications. Because, when you start your career with an engineering apprenticeship, anything is possible.

Your benefits matter

  • A salary that rises to £16,504 in the third year.
  • A London allowance worth £3,100pa for those who qualify.
  • 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

Many of our apprentices go on to hold senior positions within Network Rail, taking on roles such as Programme Managers, Principal Engineers and Maintenance Delivery Managers.

The entry requirements

You’ll need at least GCSEs in English Language and Science at Grades 9 – 4, Maths at Grade 9 – 5, and one other subject at Grades 9 – 4. Or you’ll hold an NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject or equivalents.

We matter to millions. You could too.

Applications are now closed

Due to the high interest in this programme, we have received enough applications for this intake . We will be accepting applications for our next intake in February 2022. To be the first to find out please register your interest below.

Discover a different apprenticeship

If the Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship isn’t quite what you’re looking for, why not take a look at some of the other opportunities we have. You’ll find them here.

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