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Railway Engineering Level 2 Apprenticeship

The main qualification is a Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ). It supports you as an apprentice in developing your skills and knowledge needed for working in a range of railway engineering roles in both infrastructure maintenance and construction. The achievement of this VRQ will support you in developing your own skills and potential within the railway engineering sector. It contains the maths and science required for a learner to progress to level 3 and advanced Apprenticeships.

Who is the course for?

We are seeking learners who have the following attributes, and to qualify for the apprenticeship in Railway Engineering you must meet the following criteria to allow M.I.T. to enrol you on the apprenticeship framework:

  • Not hold any Rail related qualifications
  • Not hold any engineering qualification at level 3 or above
  • Not be working towards any other apprenticeship programme
  • Have a good level of maths and English

What is expected with a career in the Railway industry?

  • Work days, nights and weekends nationwide (travel assistance provided by some rail sponsors)
  • Undertake manual labour
  • Work in all weather conditions
  • Work in a safety critical environment
  • Work as part of a wider team

What are the entry requirements?

  • Physically and medically fit, you will have a thorough medical examination
  • Be free from controlled substances (drugs) and alcohol you will be tested using a pre-employment screening and random drugs and alcohol tests are complied with
  • Must be 18yrs old to enter the rail industry

What training will I receive?

  • Industry approved safety critical training, Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • Industry approved Track Induction course (TIC)
  • Railway approved Small tools training
  • QCF Level 2 diploma certificate in Railway Engineering (track)
  • Level 2 certificate in underpinning knowledge of Railway Engineering (tech cert)
  • Functional skills, Maths level 1 (if required)
  • Functional skills, English level 1 (if required)

What will you earn during your apprenticeship?

  • M.I.T. Skills are committed to the personal development of its apprentices and will ensure that apprentices receive above the national minimum wage once they have passed the minimum requirements to work on a live railway site.
  • During the 8 week training process, you will be paid the national apprenticeship rate of £3.50.

Where will you be based during your apprenticeship?

  • 8 weeks intensive training on site at Rochester
  • You will be expected to attend your designated work place for a minimum of 30 hours per week, during this time you will be required to participate in:
    • on the job training
    • work towards completing classroom based units,
    • along with other duties as required to complete the programme.

What qualification will I receive?

  • You will gain a level 2 NVQ in Rail Engineering and Track Maintenance
  • BTEC Technical certificate in underpinning knowledge
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Your PTS/TIC which will enable you to work on track inclusive of small plant training.

What are the prospects

  • The prospects are very good on the railways, you can work up to senior level quite quickly if you have the drive and ambition to get there.
  • Once trained rail sponsors will pay in excess of £9 per hour for a day shift, night shift working could expect upwards of £12 per hour.

How do I find out more?

  • Just contact our friendly team. Phone: 0845 430 9009 e-mail: We are here to help you. For more course information please visit the national careers service website at: National Careers Service National Careers Service!


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