Chiltern Railways

Apprentice Engineer - Advanced (Level 3)

Chiltern Railways (Employer)

Engineering Trust Training Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,000.00
35.0 hours per week Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 15:00 with lunch break
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
30 May 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Chiltern Railways wishes to recruit and train an Apprentice to become a highly skilled Engineering Technician in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The established training scheme develops people into skilled technicians to work on our diverse and growing fleet of trains.


Chiltern Railways has a fantastic opportunity to recruit 2 Engineering Apprentices. Our well-established training scheme develops people into skilled technicians to work on our diverse and growing fleet of trains.

The 4-year training programme involves a thorough combination of college and work-based training leading to a recognized engineering qualification and then successfully apply for a job within our engineering team at the end of 4 years.

Candidates will also be expected to work towards and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award scheme (If within eligible criteria)

Apprentices are involved in all maintenance aspects on a wide range of rail vehicle vehicles, including:

  • Hydraulics
  • Mechanics
  • Electrics
  • Vehicle body work
  • Interior panel work and trim
  • Carry out servicing and scheduled maintenance
  • Repairing and replacing defective train components
  • Heavy maintenance including engines, power train, and wheel sets

Future Prospects

On completion of the apprenticeship successful candidates obtain a well-paid challenging position within Chiltern. The Chiltern apprenticeship is recognised on the UK rail network and gives the candidate a good basis for employment anywhere on the expanding railway in the UK .

Reality Check

We are looking for enthusiastic driven individuals that are committed to a 4 year apprenticeship and the college attachment.

You will need a positive, forward thinking attitude and a customer focused approach; we will recruit only those who are prepared to make a significant commitment to their own development and career. To undertake an agreed programme of study together with practical training to obtain the qualifications and experience necessary to become part of the skilled engineering staff at the completion of their apprenticeship. To undertake other duties as requested by the company.

Skills Required

  • Good practical skills
  • Understanding of Mechanical Assemblies
  • Able to follow instructions accurately
  • Engine and associated component understanding
  • Able to follow company documentation and maintenance instructions
  • Good IT skills
  • Good written & verbal communication
  • Experience of practical engineering skills (e.g. use of hand tools, maintenance of cars / bikes)
  • Work experience in an “engineering” company

Qualities Required


  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for engineering and the training offered
  • An interest in railways

Qualifications Required

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above (or equivalent qualifications) including English, Science and Mathematics.

Acceptance by a partner college onto their technical training scheme for a course leading to an NVQ level 3 or 4 qualification 

Training Provided

Engineering Maintenance (MOET) Level 3

  • Delivery of In-House Competency Training Plan (Skills).
  • Delivery of Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) at College (Knowledge).
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (if not exempt)
  • End Point Assessment
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