Do you want to build the crucial infrastructure of tomorrow’s world? This apprenticeship was designed to meet the current skills shortage of qualified rail engineers and provide a route into employment. 

Whether youre a railway enthusiast or simply have a passion for design and construction, there is a job for you in Scotland’s rail engineering sector. The sector covers electrical engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, systems design, transport management and more. Build the latest railway route to connect the country. Re-engineer our diesel fleet with new electrification technology. Revitalise the railway system to keep Scotland’s trains running smoothly. 

Whatever role you choose, your skills will be in high demand in Scotland’s rail industry.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Rail Engineering at SCQF Level 6. The qualification includes: 

  • modules of a practical SVQ qualification including core skills training 
  • a range of work experience in real-world industry

SCQF qualification level explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • install new railway tracks 
  • electrify Scotland’s railway network 
  • understand railway signalling systems 
  • maintain and repair existing infrastructure 
  • use railway telecommunications systems 

You will also develop the following core skills:  

  • teamwork 
  • problem-solving  
  • communication  
  • information and communication technology skills 
  • numeracy  

These skills are transferrable and are valuable for a broad range of employment in the construction, engineering and manufacturing industries. 

Where could it take me?

There are a variety of options available to you upon completion of this Modern Apprenticeship courseChoose to develop additional skills with further education or begin work in a rail engineering role immediately after receiving your qualification. 

Further education: Continue your studies by moving on to a higher-level modern apprenticeship such as the Engineering Technical Framework at SCQF Level 8, which teaches career planning and strategy alongside valuable engineering skills. Alternatively, you can study for valuable industry qualifications such as the Overhead Line Equipment Courses (OLEC), which allow you to perform more specialist construction activities. 

Straight to work: Use your railway construction expertise to enter straight into a relevant engineering role. Examples of the types of role you could expect to work in are listed below. 

  • Railway Engineer 
  • Electrical Engineer 
  • Track Maintenance Operative 
  • Rail Systems Integrator 
  • Railway Signalling and Telecoms Engineer 

Entry requirements

You don't need specific qualifications to apply for this Modern Apprenticeship. It can be useful, though, if you can show practical experience to an employer. Some courses can teach essential abilities, such as using engineering tools safely and effectively. 


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-18 months to complete.  

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