Rail engineering operative

  • Anywhere
  • Current Funding Band: £12,000

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

Summary of this apprenticeship standard



Typical length

12 months

Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Current funding band



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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

Organisation Phone Number Email
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
EAL 01923 652 400

More Information

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