Course Information

The traineeship provides students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to enable progression into employment within the rail industry. Also consisting of both classroom theory learning and practical experience attained within a simulated railway environment.

Students will be given the opportunity of hands on learning – Practical work will help to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the rail industry; allowing the learner to acquire personal skills for basic railway engineering tasks.

If you are interested in a career in the Rail Industry, you will need to be physically fit as working within the railway industry can be physically demanding, and often requires a lot of heavy lifting and manual tasks. The railway operates 365 days a year and requires engineering staff to work outdoors at all times of the day and in all weather conditions.

Course objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will have learnt:

  1. How to use hand tools that are commonly used in railway engineering through theoretical classroom learning and practical experience.
  2. Core Health and Safety Training (Manual Handling, Fire and First Aid Awareness).
  3. Personal development skills including Maths, English and Employability


What next?

Subject to successfully completing this course you will be given the further opportunity to be interviewed by a Railway Industry Employer which could progress into a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Railway Engineering Track Maintenance (Permanent Way)

Employment to work on the railway infrastructure is subject to passing a medical examination and alcohol & drugs screening (a legal requirement to work on the railways). Successful candidates will go on to complete the Personal Track Safety and Track Induction courses to allow them to work on the railway infrastructure. These railway industry standard qualifications compliment the City and Guilds training course and are required for work on the railway.

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