Apprenticeship - Rail Infrastructure (Track)

The purpose of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Rail Infrastructure Engineering is to train new apprentices and upskill the existing workforce to the industry recognised standard of competency at Level 3 in the various Rail Infrastructure Engineering disciplines of track, signalling, telecoms and electrification. Pathway 1 relates to Rail Track Maintenance workers (Level 3) who play a key role in ensuring that the infrastructure systems that make up the rail network are installed and maintained to the correct standards to ensure the safe and efficient running of the railway.

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills required for their immediate job and future career.These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

What is included in this Apprenticeship?

All apprenticeships work towards a framework with a specified number of credits.The framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate within the Rail Sector, which includes competence and knowledge qualifications.

This advanced apprenticeship requires a minimum of 93 credits. It includes both competence (37 credits) and knowledge qualifications (54 credits plus a potential of 2 x 5 credits for Functional Skills (Maths and English).

City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance (QCF) – 37 credits

Units covered in this qualification (competence) are:

  • Prepare to undertake duties in the Rail Industry
  • Contribute to the security of the work environment in the Rail Industry
  • Carry out routine inspection of the Permanent way
  • Undertake replacement of Permanent way assets and components
  • Restore track geometry faults to operational condition by the manual repair of Permanent way assets and components
  • Prepare work site for Permanent way engineering activities
  • Assess and prepare Permanent way materials, components and equipment for moving on site
  • Plan Permanent way activities
  • Supervise the obtaining and preparing of materials and components needed for the renewal or maintenance of the Permanent way
  • Supervise the preparation of small plant, measuring equipment and tools for Permanent way renewal and maintenance

City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering - Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning – 54 credits

Units covered in this qualification (competence) are:

  • Engineering health and safety
  • Engineering principles
  • Principles of engineering maintenance, installation and commissioning
  • Maintenance of machine systems
  • Maintenance of plant services
  • Organising and managing engineering operations

Functional Skills / GCSE

Apprentices must complete or have completed English and mathematics at Level 2 or equivalent in order to successfully complete the apprenticeship and each of these will carry the five credit values. If learners do not have these qualifications, they can be delivered as part of the apprenticeship framework.

How is the Apprenticeship Delivered?

An apprenticeship programme is designed to be a work-based programme whereby instructor-led learning can be immediately applied by apprentices in a real work context.The mandatory units from the competence qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and wherever possible, it is recommended that optional units should also be assessed in this context. CableCom assessors will carry out a minimum of 4 on-site assessments at the workplace. Due to the industry and to meet the needs of the employer, this may be over multiple sites.

The apprentice will also be required to complete an on-line e-portfolio using a tool called Smart Assessor.The assessor will be able to monitor and assess the portfolio on a regular basis in addition to the on-site assessments. The assessor will communicate regularly through Smart Assessor providing feedback and portfolio support.

The knowledge component will be taught at an appropriate training venue agreed with the employer, using practical and on-line assessments to ensure the apprentice has gained the underpinning theory and principles required for the role.

Functional Skills (Maths and English) if required will be delivered through a combination of on-line assessment and classroom teaching.

How Long Will it Take?

Apprenticeships are delivered to suit the needs of the employer and the ability of the apprentice. The government recommends that the apprenticeship must have a duration of 12 months and 1 day minimum, however CableCom recommend on average a 12 – 14 month completion.This delivery model enables CableCom Training Ltd to deliver this apprenticeship nationally.

Apprenticeship Funding

The government fully funds 16 -18 apprenticeship training costs. For apprenticeships aged 19+ the government will pay on average 50% of the training costs and expect the employer to contribute to the remaining costs. Apprentices must not be asked to pay towards their training. SME’s - 50 employees max may be eligible for an AGE grant to subsidize wage costs of £1500.

CableCom offer employers a free recruitment service through the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service.

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Key Details

  • An apprenticeship programme is designed to be a work-based programme whereby instructor-led learning can be immediately applied by apprentices in a real work context.The mandatory units from the competence qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and wherever possible, it is recommended that optional units should also be assessed in this context. CableCom assessors will carry out a minimum of 4 on-site assessments at the workplace. Due to the industry and to meet the needs of the employer, this may be over multiple sites.

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Course Duration

  • CableCom recommend on average a 12 – 14 month completion.
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