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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
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
EAL 01923 652400