Apprentice Engineer

Job reference: SYS-10370

Location Tyseley
Business Area / Department Engineering (see also Head Office Engineering) ~ Depot
Salary & Benefits £18,861
Closing Date 05/04/2024
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Apprentice Engineer

Job reference: SYS-10370

Apprentice Engineer with West Midlands Trains

Employer: West Midlands Trains

Learning Provider: Delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College.


Learning Delivery Site: Birmingham Metropolitan College  

Working Week: 37hrs Mon-Fri 8:45am-5:00pm First year at college

Annual Wage: £18,861

Key Dates:

Closing Date for Applications: 5th April 2024

Start Date:  19th August 2024

Vacancy Description :

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.

As part of the Transport UK Group, West Midlands Trains delivers around 1,300 train journeys a day, for more than 60 million passengers a year, across our two brands - West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway. 

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.

Training to be Provided:

Initially you will spend some time with us at Tyseley Depot as part of your company induction  prior to starting at The College, full time in the first year but being a weekly day release in years 2 to 4. This will be based at BMet’s James Watt Campus (Aldridge Road, Great Barr, B44 8NE).

As a West Midlands Trains Engineering Technician Apprentice, you will undertake a full time mix of classroom and vocational training and gaining experience which will lead to you gaining a competence based rail qualification and a knowledge based rail qualification (i.e. Technical Certificate).

All of the above will enable you to work alongside our award-winning team Technicians and Engineers and gain an exciting and rewarding career in Engineering.

Apprenticeship Standard: Rail Engineering Technician ST0318 (Traction and Rolling Stock)

Expected Duration: 4 Years

Qualifications Required:

You must have minimum of 3 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualifications) which include Maths, English and Science/Technology related subject.

Personal Qualities:

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

Alongside your practical and educational training, there are plenty of other activities you can get involved in. Our 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, but you will also look forward to gaining specialist and transferable skills as well as a wide variety of career progression opportunities.