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Get your engineering career off to a flying start with the UK’s largest train operator. Our four-stage Engineering Apprenticeship combines college study with hands-on experience of important, stretching work. And it leads to a UK-recognised trade qualification.

Here's what you can look forward to

  • Free travel
  • Attractive salary
  • Great career prospects
  • UK-recognised trade qualification

As well as first-class training that speeds you towards a great engineering career, expect benefits that include:

  • Structured training and development throughout the apprenticeship
  • Team-building residential programme
  • A starting salary of at least £14,000
  • Yearly pay increase based on completing the academic year
  • Free travel with on our network (Great Northern, Thameslink, Southern, Gatwick Express and South Eastern)
  • Discounted train travel (for leisure) with other UK and European train operators
  • Final salary pension with The Railway Pension Scheme
  • 24 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Various discounted deals with major retailers

Plus there’s all the satisfaction of working on exciting projects unique to GTR – like Transforming Thameslink and replacing our Metro Trains – that will make a huge difference to transport in the South East.

What you’ll do

This four-stage apprentice scheme combines study at East Surrey College with practical hands-on training. You’ll build the know-how to maintain our fleet of trains, by gradually taking on more and more responsibility as your skills grow. Our trains have all kinds of systems – electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and modern computer control – you won’t just learn about one area, you’ll learn many. At the end, you’ll achieve a Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician in Traction and Rolling Stock.

Stage 1

After a one-week induction in the company, you’ll spend a year in college on a full-time basis. This will give you a solid foundation in engineering.

Stage 1

You’ll start your two-year BTEC National Diploma, and also study for your Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) competencies at Level 2. The PEO involves gaining a range of skills such as using basic tools and practical experience in departments like Electrical, Electronic, Bench Fitting, Powered Machine Work and Safety.

Stage 2

Your hands-on training begins in earnest with a series of placements right across the business.

Stage 2

While some of your learning will be in the classroom, most will stem from practical work at our depots. You’ll learn all about the mechanics and electrics that keep our rolling stock rolling. So, while you’re moving forward, you’ll also improve travel for our hundreds of thousands of passengers.

Stage 3

You’ll make the most of full-time, on-the-job training. You’ll also be assessed to make sure you have the skills to maintain our fleet of trains.

Stage 3

You’ll have had a personal training consultant from day one – someone who’ll evaluate your performance every month, and who’ll always be on hand to support and direct you. Now they’ll be there to advise you on gaining a higher qualification and continuing to get the most out of the scheme.

Stage 4

Training on-the-job, you’ll polish the skills you need to become a fully qualified Traction and Rolling Stock Engineer.

Stage 4

Completing your apprenticeship isn’t the end of the story. Far from it. Previous GTR apprentices have gone on to become Service Engineers, Team Technicians, Chartered Engineers, Team Leaders, Production Manager, Project Engineers and Depot Managers. So could you.

Who you'll be working for

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) brings together Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink railways. Together we transport more passengers on more trains than anyone else in the country.

Always on the move

With over 7,000 employees supporting over 20,000 services a week, we are always on the move. We’re always working to make the railways a safer, bigger and better place. You’ll play a key part in helping our customers get to their destinations safely and on time.

Passionate about our passengers

We want to make every part of their journeys as smooth as possible, keeping passengers at the heart of everything we do. We take our environmental and community responsibilities seriously too, with a host of initiatives to minimise our impact on the planet and support local people across our network.

What you need to have

We welcome applications from everyone who meets our criteria and is eligible to work in the UK.

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