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.
Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse – having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.
The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.