Colas Rail Apprenticeship Programme
Pathway: Traction & Rolling Stock
Salary range:£20,000 with the possibility of annual increases.
Additional benefits: Healthshield cash health care scheme, Aviva pension, Season ticket Loan, Cycle to Work Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme
Qualifications Required: Maths and English GCSE Grade C/4
Type of work: Engineering and manufacturing
We are currently recruiting Apprentices to join our team. Join the Colas Rail Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Scheme today to jumpstart your career and begin to provide you with the technical skills that you will need to realise your potential. The duration of the scheme is between 2 and 3 years, dependant on your specialism; whether this be OLE, Signalling, Traction & Rolling Stock or Track.
We are committed to developing our employees and building our own talent, this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who really care and deliver brilliantly for our customers.
As an apprentice with Colas Rail, you will be enrolled on the Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Programme and you can expect to be working closely with our experienced engineers and management on improving the UK rail systems.
As part of your apprenticeship scheme you will attend block release training to learn the more advanced skills of your technical specialism and throughout your programme we will support you with all the technical training that you will need to become a competent engineering technician.
We will give you the opportunity to continuously learn and develop your skills and knowledge, with the goal to helping you achieve Engineering Technician status with a relevant professional institution. It is very important to us that you only think of your apprenticeship scheme as the very start of your journey with Colas Rail because this is going to be just the beginning of an exciting, challenging and very rewarding career.
Colas Rail is committed to the Safeguarding of Apprentices. Colas Rail's approach is to provide a safe environment in which to work and study for staff, learners and visitors, including children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we may have contact.
We're looking for bright, enthusiastic and determined people who can work both independently and in a team. For all our Apprenticeship Programmes, we are looking for a minimum of a Grade C or 4 in Maths and English, and the ability to stand out, by your previous work experience or extracurricular activities. We are also looking for apprentices who share our ethics and behaviours, but are not afraid to look at ways in which we can continuously improve.
Colas Rail is one of Europe's leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.
We specialise in:
- High Speed Lines
- Light /Metro Lines
- Freight Operator
- Track Laying, Renewal and Maintenance
- Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant
- High Voltage and Traction Power
- Electrification & Signalling
- Rolling Stock Refurbishment & Maintenance
- Multidisciplinary Projects
- Control & Communication systems
We work on some of the continent's most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and we have worked on some incredibly exciting projects like our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo Station. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa, Asia and North America.
At Colas Rail we look outwards to our customers, seeing things from their point of view, responding to their suggestions and anticipating their needs, while being committed to delivering on our promise to them, our employees, the people we work with and our stakeholders.
Developing leaders of the future
Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Early Careers Schemes. The Trainee & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry. We build our own talent and develop them through Apprenticeship and Graduate schemes and this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who deliver brilliantly for our contracts. We can demonstrate this approach on our alliance contracts such as South Rail Systems, Wessex Capacity Alliance and the Midland Metro Alliance where it produces fantastic results.
At Colas Rail we believe the investment made in training and development is vital to maintaining competitive advantage and we are committed to utilising training and development to ensure that every possible opportunity is available to our staff.
To find out more about us, please visit our website https://www.colasrail.co.uk/careers/apprenticeship-programme/, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube: Colas Rail UK.
Qualification and experience requirements
For all our Apprenticeship Programmes, we are looking for a minimum of:
- Grade C or 4 in Maths and English
- Strong desire to pursue development in the railway industry.
- Both weekends and nights will be part of the working schedule.
- Eligibility to work in the UK
How to apply
We don't want to overcomplicate our recruitment process; here is what you can expect. Once you have submitted your application we will review it and from here we will ask you to undertake a psychometric and ability test, but don't worry this is not nearly as scary as it sounds! Following this, we request a pre-selection video interview and if you are successful, you will be invited to one of our assessment days.