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We’ve partnered with Myerscough College and NTAR to deliver you a programme that offers you the opportunity to achieve level 3 qualification in Rail Engineering Technician on Traction and Rolling Stock.

Our in-house Engineering Apprenticeship Manager will be your mentor and coach from the minute you join us as your 1st year see you spending most of your time learning at Myerscough College in Preston, where accommodation will be provided. Here you will complete a Level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) along with starting the Level 3 Traction and Rolling Stock qualification. You will also undertake work with the Training Provider and your Home Depot to begin immersing yourself in your career. During year two you’ll spend more time in the Train Care Centre (we used to call those Depots) which will help you build your knowledge, gaining hands on experience, and given you more practical experience you need to complete your assignments – all part of the learning!

Here's an idea of what you can expect from the scheme:-  

Year One

You’ll spend most of the year one at Myerscough College in Preston completing a level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), this is a residential placement, so you’ll spend time away from home getting to know you team, learning about the industry, and building relationships before starting the Level 3 Traction and Rolling Stock qualification towards the end of your first year.

Don’t worry you’ll have loads of support from the training providers, the team back at the Northern Train Care Centre (that’s what we call our Engineering depots) and Paul Wilkinson, your dedicated Apprentice Manager.  

Year one is all about helping your get the very best out of the college experience and your career in Engineering off to the best start!  

Year Two

If you like the sound of year one than you’ve love year two, it keeps on getting better and better.  Although the learning does stop, you’ll continue your apprenticeship back on base – you’ll build your knowledge and start to out you’re learning into practise, gain hands on experience and start working towards your level 3 qualification – developing your skills alongside a team of qualified and experience professionals getting to know more about the environment, how we maintain our train fleet and get to more about the industry and the business.

By being on-site working with our experienced team in time you develop your skills and complete the assignments needed to again your qualifications – safety is a critical part of working in the rail industry and learning can be tough, but you’ll have loads of fun and a laugh along the way.  

Further year/s

The rail industry is going through a major transformation and modernising all the time, so by the end of year two you’ll spend more time putting all you’ve learnt into practise, probably start to get involved in different projects and the qualified engineering teams will be getting you more involved.  Our in-house Apprenticeship Manager and the on-site Engineering team with be there to support as you are assessed to ensure that you are fully prepared for your end point assessments.


What happens at the end?

There years is a long time, and we tend to find that by the end of the apprenticeship people have a better idea of what they are good at and enjoy, so once qualifying you might want to apply to work in our production team as a maintenance engineer or you might decide to look at specialising into a different team – Engineering in Rail offers a whole host of different options.  The secret is to get started.  

What do I need to apply?

5 GCSEs with gained or predicted grades A to C or 9 to 4 including Maths, English and a Science.

A keen interest in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, as our trains are packed with technology.

To be passionate about your future career and be happy to carry on learning – our Apprenticeship Scheme takes dedication, commitment, and personal commitment to complete your assignments.

For the first year you’ll spend time away from home, at the college so that might take a bit of thinking about, and ideally, you’ll leave within an hour’s commute of your Home Depot – as our engineering teamwork different shift patterns that can often involve working days, weekends, and night.  

What will I earn?

You’ll receive a competitive starting salary of £15,817 raising to £18,963 during the apprenticeship and a range of benefits   

Apply now


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