Atkins Higher Apprenticeship - Engineering Signalling - South West



Training Provider:

National College for High Speed Rail

Wage To be agreed upon appointment
40.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.
duration: 3 years
start: 1 September 2020
Higher(level 4-7)
High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician Level 4 (Higher national Certificate) (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
31 January 2020 (application closing date)
Do you want to get paid for gaining a higher apprenticeship qualification with on-the-job mentoring and learning? Would you enjoy solving problems and working with some of the best minds in engineering and design? If the answer is ‘yes’, come and join Atkins as an apprentice and get your career off to the best start possible.


Apprentices will work with a variety of teams, join us and you can expect to be involved in a variety of projects:


In a connected and ever-changing world, we are shaping the future of transport, making journeys easier, safer and more reliable, supporting a healthier, happier and more productive society. Through combining traditional engineering, new technologies and innovative thinking we bring ideas to life, meeting increased demands on infrastructure to deliver not only more, but better for less. As partner of choice, our industry-leading expertise, strategic insight and capability spans the full transport ecosystem, reimagining infrastructure across rail, highways and local transport. Our collaborative approach puts our customers at the heart of everything we do, driving efficiencies, improving mobility and unlocking growth.

During your 3-year apprenticeship, no two days will be the same as you study and work with a variety of teams whilst developing the skills you need to enjoy a great future at Atkins. Spending either one day a week at the college or doing block weeks. Not only will you learn in the classroom, you’ll enjoy being part of the team as you will get involved with all kinds of projects and learn something new every day for example:

  • Helping the design of safety critical signalling and telecommunications for a range of rail projects using Computer Aided Design
  • Drawing specifications and writing safety documentations/reports
  • Occasional site visits to survey the areas

Future Prospects

Excellent prospects once qualified.

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Skills Required

  • The ability to work in a team, assisting with the smooth running of a variety of projects
  • Creativity and strong communication skills
  • A lateral thinker who can apply technical knowledge to analyse problems, create innovative solutions and make sound decisions and isn’t afraid to push boundaries

Qualities Required

  • To work across different locations on a variety of projects, constantly developing your skills and experience
  • To be reliable, practical and self-motivated
  • To use your own initiative
  • Be UK mobile to work across different locations on a variety of projects

Qualifications Required

GCSEs or equivalent including a B/6 in mathematics & C/5 in English Language and Literature + A Levels or equivalent, to include maths or Physics.

Training Provided

  • High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician Higher Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship standard consists of core knowledge, skills and behaviours, plus one of several options as a pathway depending upon the employer requirements and apprentice’s job role.  This is typically a 3-year apprenticeship, delivered in partnership with the employer on a block release basis.

Apprenticeship standards require apprentices to participate in a minimum of 20% off the job training during paid working hours, this will include time spent studying at NCATI and workplace training.

Apprenticeship standards are assessed through an end point assessment (EPA), the EPA commences once the apprentice, employer and college, all agree that the apprentice is ready and consists of 3 elements.

  1. Knowledge Test
  2. Practical Observation
  3. Professional Discussion

The apprenticeship outcome will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

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