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This Modern Apprenticeship helps you train employees as new entrants, but also provides a way for people already in the role to upgrade their skills. There's a choice of three pathways, offering real scope for employee progression.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for one of the following qualifications at SQCF level 6:

  • Rail Engineering: Electrification Construction Maintenance
  • Rail Engineering: Signalling and Telecoms
  • Permanent Way Installation and Maintenance
Entry requirements

There are no specific sector requirements to get on to this Modern Apprenticeship. Individual candidates may find it useful to do basic skills-off-the-job courses. This could help in using hand tools or showing they understand safety and regulations.

Progression and development

After they complete this apprenticeship, employees can do SCQF qualifications at a higher level. This includes the engineering technical apprenticeship. They could also access other vocational and academic qualifications.

SCQF qualification level explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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