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Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

February 11, 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom
Job Type


Northern are recruiting Apprentice Rail Technicians for our Engineering Depots in the Northern of England. This is an opportunity to join a team of people working on our trains, whether for scheduled maintenance or incident management to get our trains back on the track. Northern offers opportunities & benefits for individuals career development.

Apprenticeship summary

Free Travel on Northern services 75% discount on other Train Providers leisure services* Pension Scheme A generous holiday entitlement. Maternity and Paternity Benefits – child care voucher scheme Full uniform Gym and leisure discounts

  • Working week

    Once competent will be working shifts including weekends and evenings, at the start whilst learning the skills and safety compliance will be Monday- Friday as these will be college days in your first year.  Total hours per week: 35

What will the apprentice be doing?

Within Northern Engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of trains at Northern, depending on your depots location, including the Class 158 Super Sprinter (Diesel multiple-unit) and our £500m fleet of new trains, the Class 195 (Diesel multiple-unit) and Class 331 (Electric multiple-unit). You will complete a number of placements in different departments at your home depot and during this time you'll learn all about engineering and other key elements of the business.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Northern, Myerscough College and NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail). On completion -gaining a  Level 3 qualification in Rail Engineering Technician on Traction and Rolling Stock.

Your first year learning at Myerscough College in Preston (accommodation will be provided). starting with a qualification at L2 & L3 Traction and Rolling Stock qualification

Year 2, at your depot by building your knowledge, gaining hands on experience.

final year putting the theory and knowledge you have learnt.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A-C OR 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade A-C OR 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent OTHER (Grade A-C OR 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade A-C OR 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

This role will involve working shifts once competent in elements of the role, working in a team and ensuring a safe working environment.

About the employer

Northern people play a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day via our train services. That's why we're proud to offer people support throughout their careers with every opportunity to develop. We employ 4,900 fantastic people providing nearly 2,500 local and regional train services every weekday, making us the largest train operator in the UK




Northern Train Limited

Newton Heath Manchester


M40 3AD



Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Rail engineering technician
Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through out Northern - Careers on our website by the 5th March 2021 (please check your location as there are 4 depots across the North of England. The shortlisting process will follow and successful candidate will progress to a range of tests including Maths, English, Practical assessment and interview. There are hints and tips on the site on how to complete a c.v. and information about the company careers.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2021

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