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Skills Bootcamp – Rail Engineering

Designed to give adults the chance to build up sector-specific skills, this seven-week Skills Bootcamp in rail engineering is a great way to fast track towards a new career.

Funded by the Government, the Skills Bootcamp teaches a wide range of industry-skills and knowledge. It is also the first step towards a Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering and Track Maintenance and a guaranteed interview with an employer.

As an in-demand and growing industry within the local area, this is the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in your career with a well-paid, flexible and sustainable job.

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Skills Bootcamp outline

You will develop skills in:

Health and safety awareness

Manual handling

Fire awareness

Basic first aid

Hand tools and track components

Site set-up

Switches and crossing

Ballast formation and drainage

Track geometry

Interview preparation and CVs

Communicating with others at work

Progression Pathways

If you successfully complete the Skills Bootcamp in Rail Engineering, you can progress onto our Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering and Track Maintenance course.*

This advanced course will further enhance your skills and knowledge, incorporates the safety critical training elements, and provides a guaranteed interview with a rail employer.

*If you are aged between 19-23 your application will be subject to certain eligibility criteria.

Skills Bootcamp Time, Date and Location

All classes will be held at our Construction Centre – Station Park, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 7RB or our Adult Learning Centre at Ashfield House – Chesterfield Road South, NG19 7BB.

Date: Monday 25 September 2023

Times: Classes run between 9am – 4pm

Please note: Prior to the class starting, you are required to attend a session called 'Thinking of working in rail?'. This will involve a presentation followed by short interview. These sessions will take place during week commencing Monday 18 September.

Entry requirements

Besides having an interest and passion for railway engineering, you must be at least 19 years of age on 31 August 2023, have residency in the UK for the last 3 years, be in receipt of qualifying means tested benefits and be working at a minimum of a Level 1 in maths and English.

You must also pass a random Network Rail Medical and Drugs and Alcohol test during the course.

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Please select the highest level of qualification you have achieved. A few examples are listed below.

  • Entry Level
  • Level 1 - 5+ GCSEs at grade D/3 or below OR a Level 1 qualification
  • Level 2 - 1 A Level OR 5+ GCSEs at grade C/4 above OR a Level 2 qualification
  • Level 3 - 2+ A Levels OR 4+ AS Levels OR a Level 3 qualification
  • Level 4 - HNC OR a Level 4 qualification
  • Level 5 - HND OR a Level 5 qualification
  • Level 6 - Bachelor's OR a Level 6 qualification
  • Level 7 - Masters/Doctorates OR a Level 7/8 qualification

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  • Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction?

    Having a criminal conviction should not prevent you from having a career within the rail industry and applying to the course.

    If you have a criminal conviction, your application will be reviewed in line with the college’s standard policy.

  • What qualification will I get?

    You will receive a college certificate for successfully completing the skills bootcamp and the opportunity to progress onto the accredited Level 2 course.

  • What will I need to bring with me on the first day of the course?

    We require the following for the first day of the course:

    * A valid passport or birth certificate
    Proof of national insurance number (P60, P45, old wage slip or any official document from HMRC or DWP letter)
    Proof of address (bank statement, utility bill or tenancy letter)
    * A valid driving licence

    * A citizen card must be obtained if any learner doesn’t have a valid passport or driving licence.

  • What would a job look like in the rail industry?

    Careers in the rail industry can provide great flexibility – with shifts covering days, nights and weekend, during all weather conditions.

    You will always be provided with protective clothing and safety equipment.

    For safety reasons, all rail employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

  • What can I progress onto?

    If you met the entry criteria, you can progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering and Track Maintenance. From here, you can gain employment with a reputable employer and with further training, you could progress to become a supervisor or team leader. Or, with more advanced development, you could become a track inspector, engineering technician, or a track design or manager.

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