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Rail Engineering Technician – WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS LIMITED

Are you inquisitive, creative and a collaborative worker? Do you believe there is no box for you to think outside of? Are you a tenacious and resilient individual who has an innovative approach to solving problems? If you said yes to these questions, you may be an ideal candidate for the West Midlands Trains Engineering Apprenticeship scheme.


Weekly wage

Date posted
15 April 2019

Working week

Monday - Friday 8:45am - 5:00pm
Total hours per week: 37.00

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship duration
3 years

Reference Number

Possible Start Date


Birmingham - B11 2HJ

Apprenticeship summary

West Midlands Trains, previously known as London Midland, now operates two new railway brands across the Midlands, the North West and London. The franchise transferred on 10th December 2017 and we are working hard to make sure there is a smooth and successful transfer of operations whilst investing nearly £1 billion for new trains, extra seats and more frequent services.

As one of our Apprentice Engineers, you’ll be responsible for servicing West Midlands Trains mechanical and electrical systems on our trains. The role is highly varied and duties can include repairing, overhauling and modifying our trains, inspecting bodywork and under-carriages for wear and tear and writing reports and maintenance records. This work will range from carrying out routine maintenance/servicing to repairing and fault finding on complex electrical and mechanical components used in the modern rail industry today.

This is a fantastic time to join West Midlands Trains and begin an exciting, rewarding and creative career as we embark on your new franchise to improve our passenger’s journeys.

Need any more convincing why an Engineering Apprenticeship with West Midlands Trains could be for you?

  • As part of our commitment to improving the experience our passengers, we are investing over £700 million in new and refurbished trains making journey quicker and more comfortable
  • We’re also investing £70 million into our train maintenance facilities
  • We already run an industry-leading and hugely successful engineering trailblazer apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton and Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet)
  • We’re also investing an extra £13 million on staff training

Alongside your practical and educational training, there are plenty of other activities you can get involved in. Our Trailblazing Apprentices have spoken to audiences of local and national Politicians, Members of Parliament and have also appeared on national television!

Join us and not only will you become part of a renowned group of professionals, you will also look forward to gaining specialist and transferable skills as well as a wide variety of career progression opportunities.

Interview Start Dates will be as follows:
1st Assessment – Saturday 8th June at James Watt Campus
2nd Assessment – Wednesday 26th June and/or Thursday 27th June at James Watt Campus
Final Interview to be confirmed
Possible Start Date with Employer – 19th August 2019
Start Date at College – 9th September 2019

Desired skills

  • Able to use own initiative when appropriate and take an active part in problem solving
  • High standard of personal presentation
  • Numerate and literate
  • Computer literate

Personal qualities

  • Customer focused
  • Polite, friendly and excellent team player
  • Good communication skills

Desired qualifications

You must have minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualifications) which include Maths, English and Science.

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