Your chance to become one of 150 paid apprentices at Network Rail
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Mar 2018
If a career on the railways sounds like a dream ticket, you’re in luck as Network Rail are taking on more than 100 apprentices.
The company, which manages much of the country’s rail infrastructure, is advertising 150 advanced apprenticeships which offer a salary while studying on a 21-week programme.
Those selected will spend the their time living and learning at the Network Rail’s Westwood training facilities near Coventry, before being stationed at a depot closer to home.
Trainees will get to specialise in electrification and plant, overhead lines, signalling, telecoms, track or off track - and receive expert training in whichever specialism they choose.
Grimsby Town railway station (Image: Rick Byrne)
The apprenticeship pays £9,479 in the first year, plus £1,265 for successfully completing the scheme. During the 21-week residential stay, the company will pay for your accommodation, three meals a day, work clothes and safety equipment.
Apprentice wages go up in the second year, based on your age, with 18-20 year-olds earning £12,525 and 21-24 year olds earning £13,431. Anyone aged 25 and older will earn £14,250 in the second year of the programme.
In the third and final year of the advanced apprenticeship, trainees will earn £14,924 for being on the programme.
The scheme is open to anyone who will be 18 by September 29 this year - and there’s no upper age limit to apply.
If you’re interested in applying, you need to have at least four GCSEs at A*-C grade (or equivalent under the new numerical grading system), including Maths, English and a Science or engineering subject.
Network Rail is responsible for looking after 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and thousands of signals and level crossings.
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