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)
- Overhead lines
- 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.