Welcome to the apprenticeship hub

Find apprenticeship opportunities in rail – and all the information you need to help you on your journey to employment in the rail sector.

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Want a career in an in-demand and high-paying industry? One that offers a wide range of roles? Interested in helping build a sustainable future for the UK? Consider a rail apprenticeship!

At the Apprenticeship Hub, you will find a range of rail apprenticeships to apply for.

As an apprentice, you will be employed by NSAR and placed with one, or up to three, host organisations for the duration of your apprenticeship. This will give you exposure to different employers and result in a wider range of skills and industry knowledge.

NSAR will support you throughout the apprenticeship. You will be matched with a training manager who will create an individualised training plan and have regular check-ins to ensure you are progressing.

Want to know more about the rail industry and apprenticeships in rail? Visit Routes into Rail – the industry-wide initiative to provide information on rail careers. You can find out why the rail industry is a great place to work and all about apprenticeships.

About NSAR

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) is the connection between the rail industry, government and training providers, trusted by government to help deliver the goals and needs of the industry for the future.

Established as a not-for-profit membership organisation in 2010, our service offerings have expanded to provide expert skills and workforce consultancy to businesses in the rail, transport and infrastructure sectors in the UK and elsewhere.

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Why you should do an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a great way to start a career. Earn while you learn, gain invaluable work experience and develop key skills that employers in the industry want.

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) – equivalent to GCSE
  • Advanced (Level 3) – equivalent to A level
  • Higher (Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7) – equivalent to foundation degree and above
  • Degree (Level 6 and 7) – equivalent to Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

The length of the apprenticeship will depend on the job role and qualification you choose.

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Reasons you should do an apprenticeship

Earn while you learn

Your employer will pay your wages while you do your apprenticeship – so you can earn money while you build skills to develop your career. Doing an apprenticeship also means no student loan debt as there are no tuition fees.

Gain real-world skills

Apprentices finish their training with years of experience that graduates don’t have – making them attractive to employers. As well as career-specific skills, you will also gain other valuable experience – like knowledge of working in an office or on a job site and cooperation with a team.

Receive one-on-one guidance and support as you learn

What is great about an apprenticeship is that you will receive comprehensive training in a one-on-one or small-group environment. You will have direct access to your trainers and benefit from the enhanced level of support this learning environment provides.

Contribute to your local area or move somewhere new – your choice!

Apprentices of all kinds are needed throughout UK – including in the rail industry. With major rail projects being rolled out around the country and the ongoing maintenance of the railways, there is demand no matter where you are based.


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