Rail Engineering Apprenticeship

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Birmingham, West Midlands
9.50 per hour
14 Apr 2021
14 May 2021
Start Date
18-24 months


RSS INFRASTRUCTURE is delighted to offer opportunities to 8 apprentices to gain skills across our Overhead Line Electrification, Signalling & Telecommunications, Track Warning Systems and Permanent Way Divisions

18-24 month programme with opportunities for permanent employment after completion of apprenticeship programme

Birmingham / West Midlands based

£9.50 per hour plus competitive benefits package

An Engineering Apprenticeship with RSS Infrastructure is the first step into an exciting career in the Rail industry. As part of our team, the role will help shape national projects, embrace the latest technology, and learn the skills to build a career in the rail industry.  You will work towards achieving a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma for Rail Engineering Technicians qualification.

Our 18-month apprenticeship programme offers a mix of on and off the job learning whilst also gaining experience is many business areas of RSS Infrastructure.  After an initial period of training including inductions and Personal Track Safety (PTS), you will join a department within RSSI where you will be surrounded by experts, who will help you learn every day.

What will I be doing?

You will work as part of a team under the direction and control of the Controller of Site Safety, Nominated Person or Site Supervisor to ensure the safe completion of Permanent Way, Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Signalling & Telecommunications, Track Warning System, or Construction and civils work. Dependent upon the department, on a day-to-day basis your duties and responsibilities will include:

Permanent Way

  • Ensuring safe completion of rail engineering duties as directed by the Controller of Site Safety, Track Charge Person, Supervisor, or mentor.
  • Safely operating a range of small tools including rail drills, rail saws, bance, disk cutter, impact wrench etc
  • Ensuring that works undertaken are carried out safely to remove risk of injury.
  • Attending and listening to the Controller of Site Safety briefing and sign the Safe System of Work pack briefing record.





  • Safely completing Overhead Line Electrification and Isolation duties as directed by the Nominated Person or Authorised Person.
  • Recording all site activities undertaken in a logbook (subject to quarterly reviews)
  • Working under instruction and as directed to carry out traction bonding.
  • Working towards and gain the necessary knowledge and experience to becoming an Authorised person, including becoming competent in OLEC 2 and OLEC 3.
  • Assisting with detailed Overhead Line Electrification surveys.
  • Gaining competences in all technical, skills, sentinel, and behavioural duties.



  • Carrying out installation work on signalling equipment in line with the standards and the timescale as specified in the Work Package Plan and Task Briefings as directed by the Team Leader.
  • Assisting with checking/investigating safety standards and/or system failures.
  • Assisting other staff in safety testing and design work.
  • Working with and supporting the development of the signalling team.
  • Reporting problems arising during installation and following completion of work.
  • Assisting other staff in safety testing and design work.
  • Assisting with the resolution of “on site” queries and problems.
  • Working with the Team Leader to ensure all personnel working with your direction possess the relevant information, documentation, competency, and experience to always undertake signalling installation to the appropriate safety standards and procedures.


  • Ensuring that works undertaken are carried out safely to remove risk of injury.
  • Assist other staff in safety testing or work equipment.
  • Reporting any damaged or faulty equipment.
  • Assisting is positioning equipment and running out of cables.
  • Ensuring all equipment is recovered from site, accounted for a loaded away safely.

What are the hours of work?

You will work a minimum of 30 hours per week (additional hours available), across a 7-day shift pattern including nights and weekends.

What experience would we like you to have?

No previous experience within the rail sector is required as full training and support will be provided through the apprenticeship programme. It is essential that all applicants hold a level 2 qualification in Maths and English to be eligible for this position.

What benefits will I receive?

RSS Infrastructure offer a range of benefits including:

  • 20 days paid annual leave rising to 25 plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Sick Pay
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Free car parking
  • Free travel

About us

Our mission is to ensure that we make our clients operate more safely and achieve more productivity when on site, whether delivering new projects, track renewal programmes or maintenance of the rail infrastructure. We are not just another infrastructure company, but a trusted company who understands the value of partnerships and long standing business relationships, continually looking to deliver outstanding performance and customer service, and we remain as one of the market leading rail services groups within the UK.

We believe in the value and contribution of individuals, respecting the diverse make up of our organisation and need people who want to make a difference to our clients and to the growth of the Group. Our teams are committed, supporting each other to meet the demands of an industry sector which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days of the year. Working together to either plan, resource or deliver a range of services in to a highly demanding industry sector, that can be very reactive, challenging your skills to adapt quickly to new situations. A strong worth ethic and a ‘Can Do’ attitude is the foundation of our business, we want people who can drive success and have a right first time, every time approach to their work life, without cutting corners and who understand the essence of safety and customer service. We are a people orientated business, nurturing, and investing in our staff and teams to become the best at what they do, creating managers and leaders of the future.

As an equal opportunity’s employer, RSS Infrastructure do not discriminate on grounds of ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

The company also actively encourages both reservists and veterans of the Armed Forces to apply for positions. For more information on how we support ex-military personnel please visit our website.