The railways are a key part of the UK's transport infrastructure for commuting, leisure and business travel, as well as freight services. Rail Engineers are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railways to provide a safe and reliable railway for customers.
These qualifications enable learners to undertake core learning across all areas and specialize in their discipline of choice. The main rail engineering areas covered within these qualifications are: track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications and traction & rolling stock.
Upon completion of these qualifications learners will have been provided with the self-confidence and motivation to take advantage of the many opportunities for progression and development within the industry, such as:
• Carrying out further training in the following areas: track renewals, track maintenance, traction and rolling stock, electrification construction, electrification maintenance and signal and telecommunications.
• Go into employment by taking up a Rail Engineering Competence qualification as part of an Apprenticeship to become a competent Rail Engineering Operative or Rail Engineering Technician.
• Improve their leadership and management skills by taking higher level qualifications through the Institute of Leadership and Management.
These qualifications will be taught primarily in the workplace, with appropriate classroom sessions.
Centres devise the assessments for the qualifications and present them to a City & Guilds' Qualification Consultant for approval. Assessments may be: via practical demonstration, assignments and/or written examination.
To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.