This apprenticeship is designed as a three-year programme to equip you with a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across electrical, mechanical and rail-specific disciplines such as traction and rolling stock, track, electrification and signalling.
The apprenticeship is delivered in a collaboration between Derby College and the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton.
Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 36 – 48 months. This may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience or for someone already part-qualified through the Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship.
You will study:
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise their success, candidates should typically have four GCSEs at grade C or the equivalent, including Mathematics, English (at grade 4 or above) and a Science.
Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at grade 4 or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
You will study the following units:
Taught at Derby College:
Taught at NTAR (depending on the pathway):
Your academic study will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Completion of this apprenticeship standard will be recognised by the relevant professional institutions as the evidence required for Engineering Technical registration (EngTech) through a professional review.
For those deemed capable and ready, further career development and progression opportunities could be considered, such as the Level 4 Rail Technician Apprenticeship or higher levels of education and training.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."