What it’s like to be a Network Rail apprentice

Looking for a career that’s interesting and varied, with the chance to progress quickly and work in teams with experienced people? Look no further than our Apprenticeship Scheme.

The scheme is currently accepting applications. You can find out more on our web pages, but once you’ve aced the interview and assessment process, what is it like to actually be a Network Rail apprentice? What can you expect?

To find out, read about the experiences of just six of our apprentices, who are specialising in Telecoms, High Output (Plant and Production), Electrical and Plant, Signalling and Track.

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Telecoms apprentice Shannon from LNE route


“I’m Shannon and I started my apprenticeship in 2015, when I was 17. I work for the Newcastle Telecoms maintenance team, covering an area from Berwick to Thirsk. We fix faults and carry out maintenance on all the telecoms systems in the area. “I applied because I wanted to challenge myself. I studied engineering in...
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“I started the advanced apprenticeship scheme in September 2016, age 23. I work in High Output, on the Campaign and Planning team and the Technical team, at Bletchley depot. “Some of the things I work on include prep for site work; marking rails for the ballast cleaner and track renewal systems; helping with tamping and...
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“I’m Mohammed – though most of my colleagues call me Isa [my surname] – and I work at Barking depot in Essex, on the Anglia route. I’ll be finishing my Track apprenticeship this May and I’m working towards a senior technician role after that. “My first year was at HMS Sultan [the naval base near Portsmouth...
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“I’m Charles and I’m on the High Output ballast cleaner system maintenance team (for BCS2), based out of Tyne Yard. I started my High Output Plant apprenticeship in 2015 when I was 19. “I carry out daily, weekly and monthly checks on the BCS – certain parts need to be checked every day. On the...
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“I’m Jenna, and I’m in my second year of the scheme – focusing on Signalling – based mainly at Par depot. “At the moment I’m working out of Plymouth, which is a maintenance depot. This is to help me gain better knowledge on our points systems. Par is a fault and maintenance depot so I...
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Electrical and Plant apprentice Robert


“I’m Robert and I’m working in Electrification and Plant at the Peterborough depot. I joined as an apprentice in September 2017 and only recently left Westwood to start at the depot. “Before the apprenticeship I was working in drainage (not on the railway), and didn’t know anything about how the railway works. I applied because...
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