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Rail engineering operative

Providing support to technicians and engineers working on the rail network and trains.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
12 months
Current funding band
Up to £12,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • general rail engineering design and technical principles
  • using specialist tools, materials and equipment
  • helping to install, test, maintain and replace equipment and components
  • helping to identify, diagnose and prevent equipment and component failures
  • specialist electrification, overhead line, telecomms, track, traction and rolling stock, rail system or signalling skills
  • health and safety procedures, regulations and legislation within a rail industry environment
  • level 2 rail engineering (competence)
  • level 2 rail engineering (technical knowledge)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
EAL 01923 652 400
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
Vitae Services Limited
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.