Rail Infrastructure Operator Apprenticeship

Available for: 16-19, Apprenticeships,


Level 2 Rail Infrastructure Operator Apprenticeship

Rail Infrastructure Operators support and regulate the safe operation of the Rail network through the use of: signalling control systems, electrical control systems, and responding to incidents, where the operational integrity of the UK rail transport network is affected. Rail Infrastructure Operators will be required to work closely with stakeholders e.g. controllers, train drivers, maintenance staff, power companies and specialists e.g. emergency services in order to respond effectively to incidents.

Course Details

What apprentices will learn:

  • understanding track regulations
  • operating controls in a manual signal box or electronic control centre
  • how to respond to track incidents
  • tracking trains on the network
  • railway health and safety legislation

This apprenticeship adopts a core and options approach to allow flexibility for employers and enable transferability between roles and employers for apprentices. The core content includes safety, quality and customer service, the apprentice will then follow one of the following specialist options: Signalling Operator, Electrical Controller or Incident Responder.

  • Signalling Operators are responsible for the movement of rail transport through the safe operation of signalling control systems. Signalling Operators regulate the safe movement and control of rail transport and communicate to rail transport drivers, those working on rail infrastructure as well as members of the public, to enable them to move or work safely across the network.
  • Electrical Controllers are responsible for maintaining and controlling the electrical supply to the rail network to ensure the smooth operation of passenger services, safe access to the rail network for maintenance and incident response. Electrical supply is required for signalling, traction and other assets, such as tunnel ventilation systems.
  • Incident Responders are responsible for making the rail infrastructure safe and minimising service disruptions following an incident or event, this can range from low-level situations (e.g. level crossing failure and animals on the line) through to supporting major events (e.g. derailment, fatalities and fire).

Location: TUCA Ilford Campus.

Entry Requirements: Employers will set their own entry requirements when selecting candidates. Prior to taking the end point assessment all apprentices must have achieved at least a level 1 qualification in both English and Maths and have also taken the test for level 2.

Where can I learn?

This course is located in TUCA


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