High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Higher Technician Apprenticeship

The National College of High Speed Rail
Birmingham, West Midlands
Competitive Salaries
29 Nov 2018
31 Mar 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
24 months+

If you want to get straight to work, but combine earning a salary with studying, one of our Higher Technician apprenticeships might be for you! Our Level 4 Apprenticeship in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure typically takes three years to complete. In that time, you’ll study our core high speed rail modules before taking on one of the specialisms. You’ll split your time between the College and the world of work – the exact split depends on the employer you are working for. For your first 12 weeks of study at the College, you’ll undertake a series of compulsory modules focusing on introducing high speed rail and the ‘big picture’. On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have satisfied the requirements as an engineering technician by a relevant institution: The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

All apprentices will focus on:

Core knowledge - overall picture of high speed rail in the UK, context and different specialisms, characteristics of leadership and management, health, safety and welfare, sustainability and environment

Core skills - working with stakeholders, standards and regulations, limiting risk, embedding core knowledge into projects

Behavioural elements - customer focus, self-management, leadership, collaboration, acting as an ambassador

After a 12-week set of core modules, you’ll go on and specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Track systems
  • Command, control and communication (CCC)
  • Power
  • Systems engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Rolling Stock

Entry Requirements: Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for the individual employer, typically an apprentice will have achieved one of the following:

  • A standard set of A-Levels (one of which may be Maths or Physics)
  • A BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate vocational area (e.g. Engineering or the Built Environment)
  • Other relevant Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
  • Any relevant industry experience

Apprentices without both Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

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