Rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeships

Rail traction and rolling stock apprenticeships include elements of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, providing apprentices with the skills needed to work in the railway sector.

Railway track maintenance The rail industry is a vibrant and growing means of public and freight transport. It provides a service to customers wanting to travel and to the freight and haulage industry. The railways are a complex system and one of the key parts is the train.

Trains are made up of locomotives (also known as traction), carriages (for passengers), wagons (for cargo) and multiple unit stock (rolling stock). All must be maintained and repaired so they operate safely and efficiently and the majority of the work happens at night when carriages and rolling stock are not required to carry customers.

What the apprenticeship entails

As an apprentice you will work as a traction and rolling stock technician, working as part of a team to inspect stock, find faults and undertake maintenance and renewal work. You will learn to use the appropriate tools and equipment to carry out the task required while ensuring that standards have been met and accurate records kept.

This is a perfect role if you are interested in applying engineering principles, like solving problems, enjoy working in a team and are willing to work shifts.

Qualifications required

The qualifications included within this advanced level apprenticeship (Level 3) are demanding and many employers will look for applicants who have gained four GCSEs at grade C or above. Good dexterity for using a range of hand tools, an understanding of health and safety, and the ability to follow instructions and diagrams are other useful skills that you should be able to demonstrate. As part of your application you may be asked to go through checks for physical health and be tested for drugs and alcohol abuse.


The starting salary - once qualified - is £12,500 - £14,500.

Want to find out more?

Further information on rail traction and rolling stock engineering apprenticeships can be found at apprenticeships.org.uk [new window].


Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].

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