As an Engineering Apprentice, you’ll be working towards gaining a Level 3 Qualification in Traction and Rolling Stock. The apprenticeship scheme will last 3 years.

Year One 

You will spend the majority of your first year learning from an approved training partner, where accommodation will be provided if required. During this time you will complete a Level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) along with some Level 3 learning about the railway and rail engineering. You will also undertake work at NTAR and your home depot to begin immersing yourself in your career.

Year Two

You will continue your apprenticeship at your home depot by gaining knowledge and working towards your Level 3 qualification by spending time at NTAR and then reinforcing this underpinning knowledge with hands on experience working at your depot.

Year Three

Your final year will be spent putting the theory and knowledge you have learnt so far into practice by carrying out work on various identified systems both at NTAR and at the depot. Towards the end of the year you will be helped to prepare for your final end point assessment and once complete you will be passed out as a rail compliant rolling stock technician.

What will I earn?

Starting rate: £14,767
Year 1 - £15,816
Year 2 - £16,864
Year 3 - £17,913. 

What could my career path be?

Starting as a Rail Engineering Technician Apprentice you will have the opportunity to follow a range of different career paths. Once qualified, you can apply to work within Northern perhaps within the Production teams employed as a Maintenance Engineer with potential to then move on to be a Team Leader or Technical Engineer. Alternatively, you could move around - from production to safety for example.

Skills that we look for;

  • 4 GCSEs with gained or predicted grades A to C or 9-5 including Math’s, English and Science
  • A keen interest in Engineering and the Railway
  • A desire to progress and succeed
  • To live within an hour’s commute of your chosen depot