Guidance

Rail services apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the rail services sector.

This apprenticeship covers the many occupations that help to deliver rail services to the millions of passengers that use trains every year.

Training opportunities

Rail services involves many tasks, like driving the trains, operating signals and crossing barriers, communicating between stations and trains, assisting passengers both on board trains and at stations, and moving trains into position at stations.

You’ll choose your area of specialisation:

  • shunting (moving trains from place to place)
  • signal operations
  • control room operations
  • passenger services.

You’ll learn technical skills and how to:

  • develop and maintain working relationships
  • effectively communicate information
  • work safely

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of rail services apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • train conductor/manager
  • train despatcher
  • ticket office agent
  • customer/passenger service assistant
  • train driver/operator
  • signal operator
  • shunter
  • control room operator

Advanced level apprenticeships

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • station supervisor/manager
  • control room supervisor
  • trains supervisor/manager
  • signalling supervisor
  • revenue protection/control supervisor

Apply for a rail services apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education