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Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship

Reference number: SW-002792
  • Salary: Age dependant
  • Job Type: Apprenticeships
  • Employer: Network Rail
  • Location: Various

Join us for three fascinating, surprising and career-advancing years as an apprentice.

Your journey starts here. An Engineering Apprenticeship with Network Rail is the first step into an exciting career in the Rail industry. As part of our team, you’ll help shape national projects, embrace the latest tech and learn the skills to succeed.

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Three years. Expert training. Real experience. Earn while you learn.
Our apprenticeship programme offers a mix of online learning and residential stays at our training centres.

Register your interest

After an initial period of training which usually includes a residential stay, you’ll join a depot close to home where you’ll specialise in one of the maintenance disciplines You’ll be surrounded by experts, who’ll help you learn every day, then when you start to develop your skills, you’ll be able to look at a variety of career options. And even move on to further qualifications

Your pathway

You’ll be assigned to a pathway to specialise in, which depends on the needs of the depot you’ve applied. Whichever pathway you’re assigned to, you’ll be doing work that makes a difference to millions of passengers every day — helping to transform our vast network of rail, lineside access points, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future.


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Distribution and Plant


Salary and benefits

An apprenticeship means the chance to earn a real wage while you learn.

Currently the salary in the first year is £10,609 (plus all costs paid for residential stays).

You will also be eligible for a payment of £1,347 on successfully completing the first year.

The salary in the second year increases to

  • Age 18 – 20: £13, 655 per annum*
  • Age 21 – 24: £14,561 per annum*
  • Age 25+: £15,380 per annum*

The salary in the third year increases to £16,054 per annum*.

*subject to change

Extra benefits

During the scheme, you’ll be eligible for  all our employee benefits too including a pension scheme;

Employees working at a location within a 16 mile radius of Charing Cross are eligible for an inner London allowance of £3,100 per annum.

Employees working at a location 16 miles and up to 40 miles from Charing Cross are eligible for outer London allowance of £1,800 per annum.

If you travel by train, you’ll be eligible for 75% discount on annual season tickets up to a maximum of £3,660 in addition to an interest-free season ticket loan.

We’re proud to offer a range of pension schemes which provide flexibility and choice for our employees.

Find a depot near you

Following the first phase of the scheme, you will join your local depot. This is where you will be based for the remainder of the programme with the exception of further training courses.

When you applywe will consider you for vacancies at depots within 60 minutes travel time of your current home address. If you wish to be considered for a different geographical area, you’ll have the option of letting us know during your application.


Date posted: 11/02/2021

If you are a Southwark resident and would like help in applying for this job, or one that suits you, please register your interest below.

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