Apprenticeships: Info for Apprentices

Our apprenticeship programmes offer you the chance to gain valuable qualifications and practical on the job training whilst working for one of the UK’s Top Employers and earning a salary at the same time.

People of all ages and backgrounds join us as apprentices. Whether you’re coming straight from school/further education or are looking for a career change, we can help you achieve your ambitions.

Apprentices are the future of our business and we are committed to providing top class programmes that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to reach your full potential.


Find out more about our Fleet Apprentice roles from Simba, a current Fleet Apprentice at Derby

Our Fleet Engineer Apprentices are our future talent, who bring diversity of experience and thought, new ideas and a fresh approach that helps drive our business forward.

We offer a 4-year programme designed to give practical on the job training in our Fleet Engineering depots, combined with classroom-based learning that will give you all the underpinning knowledge you need to be successful in your apprenticeship.

As a Fleet Apprentice, you will be based at one of our three depots:

  • Etches Park – Derby
  • Eastcroft – Nottingham

Programme Details

It is a 4-year EMR Training Programme that is aligned to the competence level of our Senior Team Member role. At the end of it you will attain apprenticeship Standard: Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician (Traction and Rolling Stock)


  1. On boarding and Induction
  2. Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Competence (Traction and Rolling Stock)
  3. Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Knowledge (Traction and Rolling Stock)
  4. Hand Skills development programme
  5. End Point Assessment – Aligned to EngTech (UKSPEC)

Year One

Year one will require one day a week at College (NTAR – location tbc) completing the core units of the knowledge component required for this apprenticeship. This will follow a typical academic calendar. You will also be allocated an assessor and programme manager from NTAR who will work alongside you and EMR to develop a training plan to suit your needs. When not at college you will be working on the depot alongside fleet colleagues to build knowledge and skills that will support your apprenticeship.

Year Two

During the second year you will attend 2 x 2 week blocks at NTAR Northampton to complete the specialist units of the knowledge component required of this apprenticeship. You will also work closely with your allocated NTAR assessor to start developing evidence for your portfolio required of this apprenticeship.

Year Three

Year three, is spent working full time at the depot continuing to develop your occupational competence and compiling evidence in your portfolio. During year 3 you will start working shifts on the depot. The End Point Assessment is the final part of the apprenticeship and is aligned to EngTech as specified in UKSPEC.

Year Four

Year four is a year spent working within the business consolidating all the learning of the previous three years, learning to work independently in the depot and ensuring readiness for a permanent role. The level of competence and skills you will have developed by the end of the 4-year programme is equivalent to our Senior Team Member roles.

Apprentices are expected to actively seek learning opportunities in collaboration with their mentors and gather a robust portfolio of evidence throughout the apprenticeship that comprises of; reports, witness testimony statements, photos, reflective accounts, presentations and examples of work they have carried out.

Progression Opportunities

Senior Team Member, Team Leader, Shift Manager, Production Manager

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Apprenticeships build capability that drive performance and at East Midlands Railway our Train Drivers keep the country moving both in the depot and on the mainline.

Our Train Driver Apprenticeship is a 12-month programme that blends theory and practical work in the classroom with practical skills development and work such as; cab rides and signal box visits. As an apprentice driver you will have access to world class facilities at our Training Academy where our classroom learning is underpinned by state of the art Virtual Reality (VR) that replicates real life railway situations. We also have a cab simulator so you can learn about train driving in a variety of different circumstances and conditions within a safe environment.

Programme Details

Apprenticeship Standard: Level 3 Train Driver


Functional Skills Week Level 2 Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Part A Training – Classroom theory and assessment

  1. Apprenticeship Induction and on boarding
  2. Enrichment day 1: History and Commercialisation of the Railway
  3. Safeguarding and Prevent and Safeguarding on the Railway
  4. Part A Module 1 – 4
  5. End of module online tests
  6. End of part A written exam
  7. Progress file with verification of results of knowledge and theory competence
  8. Handed over to your new Line Manager
  9. Level 3 Additional Apprenticeship Learning
  10. Week 24 Enrichment Day 2: Low Adhesion & Safety Brief
  11. Week 40 Enrichment day 3: Incident Simulation Training & Intro to EPA
  12. Week 50 – 66 (depending on EPA) End Point Assessment Preparation
  13. Level 2 Math’s and English; Full support will be given to achieve these qualifications where an existing Level 2 Maths and English or equivalent is not held
  14. End Point Assessment (EPA) The final part of the apprenticeship leading to the Level 3 qualification

Progression Opportunities

Mainline Driver, Driver Mentor, Driver Instructor, Driver Manager

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