Rail Signalling Testing Engineer - Apprenticeship Programme 2024

South Region
  1. Transportation

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Atkins, operating under AtkinsRéalis is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design, engineering and project management expertise. With us, you’ll join a team that asks questions and dares to see things differently while engineering a better future for our planet and its people. 

Join our Apprenticeship Programme to be a part of the future of design and engineering.  

While you develop in your apprenticeship, we also encourage you to maintain a positive work-life balance. So, during our recruitment process, tell us what matters to you. Speak to us about how we support wellbeing in and out of the office including different ways to be flexible around work. We’re not all the same, and that’s our greatest strength. Reaching your full potential means being able to bring your whole self to work and being respected for the different opinions, strengths and experience you bring. Find out more about why we believe ‘Different, makes a difference’. 

The opportunity:

Ever wondered what it takes to keep our railway network moving safely? If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow and shape a meaningful career with a company whose purpose is to engineer a better future for the planet and its people, then joining our new signalling apprentice team could be a fantastic place to start your career.  

The Atkins Signalling team are creating a new apprentice team who will support future testing work on projects across the southern region and nationwide. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on key infrastructure projects such as the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) Framework with Network Rail. 

As an Apprentice Tester, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on an exhilarating journey and become part of the team ensuring the safe and efficient functioning of railway signalling systems. You'll receive hands-on training, guided mentorship, and practical experience in testing and maintaining complex signalling equipment, contributing directly to the safety and reliability of the entire rail network. 

The modules for the qualification you’ll be studying will be delivered at our offices in Epsom, and when you’re not working on-site on a project, you’ll spend time with our experts at our Technical Hub in Egham which is our off-site testing facility. The facility at Egham allows us to do the important things like test project data, integrate project elements and to research and develop new solutions. Due to the ever-changing needs of the client and projects you could be living and working at various locations across the UK but likely initially to be in the Southern region.  

The apprenticeship:  

Your apprenticeship will be a mix of training and hands-on experience that will complement each other across a 3 year structured programme. This starts in the first year providing you with training and information about working safely on the railway and taking you through industry recognised training courses such as Basic Signalling, Signal Works Testing Mod 5 (Assistant Tester) and Electronic Principles.  

There is a blended learning approach which will include face-to-face learning, on-the-job learning, webinars, assessments, assignments and presentations. Year 2 and 3 you’ll see progression to achieving an IRSE (Institute of Railway Signal Engineers) licence and working towards professional membership. At the end of the year 3 you’ll achieve a Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician qualification and a range of industry recognised training courses. 

The role:  

Day to day you’ll be working as part of a site team alongside the client on projects which could be anything from an upgrade to a Level Crossing, to legacy work on a major renewal of railway signalling at the forefront of digital IP technology using our own ElectroLogIXS electronic interlocking and level crossing controller system. You might not fully understand what this all means now but we’re confident that fairly quickly you will, and you’ll be as passionate as we are about developing the future of signalling.  

Here's some specifics for you so you can see in more detail what you could be involved in, but don’t worry if you don’t understand it all now, we’ll help bring this to life at interview stage: 

  • Under the guidance of experienced professionals, you’ll gain a deep understanding of railway signalling systems, safety protocols, and testing methodologies. 
  • Assist in conducting thorough testing, inspection, and maintenance of signalling equipment, including switches, signals, track circuits, and interlocking systems. 
  • Develop the ability to diagnose faults and anomalies within signalling systems, working closely with the senior team members to troubleshoot and rectify issues promptly. 
  • Work within strict safety procedures to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues as you work. 
  • Collaborate with senior testers, engineers, and others to enhance your understanding of signalling technology and its role within the broader railway operations. 
  • Contribute ideas to improve testing processes, efficiency, and safety protocols, showcasing your commitment to development and innovation. 
  • As you advance, gradually take on more responsibilities and develop into a skilled professional capable of independent testing and maintenance tasks. 
  • Thrive in an environment where you may be required to respond to emergencies or changing situations quickly and effectively. 

What we need from you:  

If what we’ve shared so far sounds interesting and you’re wondering what you might need to join our apprentice programme, then here’s a few things you’ll want to consider: 

  • Due to railway health and safety requirements, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old when you join us in early 2024 and will need a full clean driving license at this point. This is essential for the role as it’s site based. 
  • You’ll need at least a GCSE Grade 4 in Maths and English or equivalent
  • A willingness to learn, develop and have the curiosity to ask questions and gain experience from those around you. 
  • Although the role is home-based in your contract, there is a requirement to travel daily, to work and stay away from home at locations around the UK (often for extended periods of time), and to work unsociable hours, often in inclement weather conditions. Transport will be provided. We hope this doesn’t put you off, but this might not be for everyone so it’s important you know this from the outset. 

What we can offer you: 

In addition to all the training and support we’ve mentioned above, and you’d expect from us, we aim to promote a workplace which allows our people to perform at their best. So, as well as ensuring you’re rewarded for your efforts, we also have a variety of initiatives in place to create a healthy workplace and support your well-being: 

  • 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays. You also have the option to buy an additional 15 days or sell up to 5 days
  • An attractive salary and salary progression structure (to be discussed at interview) 
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • An enhanced maternity scheme and family friendly policies
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life matters 
  • Two paid annual volunteer days to be used with a charity or STEM initiative of your choice 
  • Join any of our employee networks for social interaction, peer support and personal development, as well as contributing to the development of policies and working practices
  • Opportunities to further develop yourself by applying to our Women’s Professional Development Programme and ethnic minority Empowering Programme 

To view all available benefits, visit our Total Rewards portal. 

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.  

How do I apply? 

Please click Apply below to register your details and start your application journey. To find out more and for advice on how to play to your strengths, visit us on Connectr.  

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are able to support you to perform at your best at each stage of our recruitment process and can make adjustments to ensure this. So, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not, or would simply like to know how we can support you better, please contact us confidentially via apprenticeships@atkinsglobal.com    

Our deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th March 2024.  Remember, our programmes are incredibly popular, and some roles may close early. So, avoid disappointment by getting your application in as soon as possible.    

More about us: 

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy. From designing end-to-end project solutions to pioneering new technologies and ways of working, everything we do supports our goal of delivering outstanding project outcomes for our clients, while engineering a better future for our planet and its people – no matter the scale, complexity or location of their project. Learn more. 

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. The vetting process is delivered by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) and may require candidates to provide proof of residency in the UK of 5 years or longer.  

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance. 

Atkins are an A rated sponsor, if you have any queries regarding sponsorship, please visit our International Student careers page. 

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability. 

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