Network Rail apprentices in the workshop.

Laying the tracks for Network Rail's future

Network Rail is on the hunt for over 200 apprentices to join its ranks, helping deliver a multibillion-pound programme of work to renew and maintain one of the most intensely used networks in Europe.

Successful candidates will spend their first year at Europe’s largest engineering training facility at HMS Sultan in Hampshire, where apprentices specialise in track, signaling, telecoms and electrification and plant.

During their second and third years apprentices work on the rail network’s front line, gaining hands-on experience as they train to become maintenance technicians.

“It's a very exciting time to work in rail with huge multibillion-pound projects set to transform the network as we revitalise stations, increase the frequency of trains and make journeys faster, more reliable and greener,” says Michelle Palin, who heads up recruitment for the scheme. "We need more highly skilled people to help us meet the challenges of a busier network and focus on improving the reliability of the railway and increasing capacity as passenger numbers continue to grow."

Many apprentices go on to be team leaders and managers and take up the opportunity to further their education. Since 2005, Network Rail has trained 1,050 apprentices across Britain, with a further 600 currently still in training.

"The scheme offers young people the chance to gain recognised qualifications and expert training, which will not only set them up for a challenging career but also teach them all they need to know to become invaluable members of the Network Rail team,” Palin adds.

Further information on applying can be found at

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