Level 2

Rail Engineering Operative


12 months


Rush Green


Flexible dates


Adult 19+



Rail Engineering Operatives provide support to Rail Technicians and engineers.

On your apprenticeship you'll learn about the following areas of the rail infrastructure and trains:

  • Track (including minor works)
  • Electrification
  • Overhead lines
  • Signalling
  • Telecommunications
  • Traction & rolling stock

You'll undertake core learning and also specialise in a particular discipline.

Rail Engineering Operatives might work on site, in a depot or in a technical office. Their work could include:

  • Assisting in construction, installation, renewal, enhancement or modification of the railway
  • Assisting with fault-finding and diagnosis
  • Maintenance and replacement of components
  • Assisting in inspection and functional and operational testing of the railway

You'll typically need GCSEs in English & Maths at grade 4(C) or above to join this programme.

If you haven't got these qualifications, you'll need to study Functional Skills at Level 2 and achieve that level prior to your apprenticeship's end-point assessment.

For apprentices with the ability and drive, there's a wide range of further development and career progression opportunities within rail engineering.

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Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

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