*You can only apply for one apprenticeship scheme per year. So, between January and August 2017, we will only accept your first application. Any additional applications you submit will not be considered.*
Apprenticeship level: Level 3
Scheme length: 3 years
Salary: Salaries start from £17,802
Requirements: 5 GCSE's A*-C including maths at B grade, English language and science. You must be 17 years of age by 1 September 2017 to be eligible for this scheme
Applications: This scheme will close on Wednesday 3 May 2017, although you should submit your application as early as possible. Depending on the number of applications, schemes can close early

Note: Before you apply, we strongly advise you to read the application process information thoroughly and in full. It tells you everything you need to know and provides details about what to expect as part of your application.

We want you to help us retain in-house knowledge of our signalling, service control and cyber security systems, as we upgrade to a more modern automatic operation.

About the role

Although the systems being introduced are more modern, the principles underpinning signalling and service control systems are largely unchanged from the traditional technology, this means that the skills you gain apply to both legacy and modern (old and new) systems.

An apprenticeship in rail engineering design is a springboard to becoming a signaling or control and information engineer.

In-house design generally covers small to medium sized projects, such as point and crossing renewal, local performance improvements, and station refurbishments, etc. Larger projects, such as line upgrades, are typically done by external contractors, while our in-house team is responsible for specifying and accepting designs. There will be opportunities to learn more about new technology when secondments to contractor teams come up throughout your placement and even after the apprenticeship.


You'll have a number of placements during the scheme which will provides you with a good overview of rail signalling design.

About you

On this varied and challenging apprenticeship, you'll gain a level 3 qualification as a rail engineering design technician. Through a combination of on-the-job learning and classroom training, you'll develop a diverse knowledge and wide range of skills needed for a successful career in Engineering.

So, once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you'll take up a position in our in-house Signal Design team or in one of the large project delivery teams in order for you to enhance your skills further. From here, you'll then have opportunities to continue developing into one of our resident experts who are responsible for specifying, accepting or approving design modifications.

Learn more about the benefits of all our apprenticeships schemes, and find out exactly what we're looking for.

If you're successful you'll have to pass pre-employment checks before joining. These will include reference checks, qualifications checks, right to work in the UK and in some cases a medical and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.