Rail Engineering Operative (9303)

Last Updated: 06 Feb 2018

Product code 9303

LARS number 90

New Apprenticeship Standards are designed by employer groups to be rigorous and respond to employers’ needs.
The new rail engineering operative apprenticeship was approved by DfE in April 2016 and will replace the current intermediate level apprenticeship frameworks for Rail Infrastructure Engineering (England), Rail Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering (England) and Rail Engineering Overhead Line Construction (England).

This apprenticeship is aimed at learners who would like to become rail engineering operatives.

A rail engineering operative provides support to rail technicians and engineers working on the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railways to provide a safe and reliable infrastructure for customers. Apprentices will specialise in one of the following disciplines: track, overhead line, electrification, tractions and rolling stock, signalling and telecoms.


During the on-programme phase apprentices will develop the skills, knowledge, competence and behaviours expected of a rail engineering operative by achieving the following qualifications:

(6497-02) Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Knowledge
(6499-02) Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence

The employer, in discussion with the apprentice and the training organisation, will decide if the apprentice is ready for the end-point assessment upon completion of the qualifications, demonstration of behaviours and meeting their English and maths requirements. They will need to achieve a Level 1 English and maths and take the test for Level 2 before they can take their end-point assessment.

End-point assessment

City & Guilds is an approved assessment organisation on the register of apprentice assessment organisations (RoAAO) for this apprenticeship
standard. We will provide an end-point assessment handbook for the centre with guidance on how to register and prepare apprentices to undertake the end point assessment successfully.

How to register

Interested in using our high-quality on-programme materials or end-point assessment service? There are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need:
1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver a standard if you don’t yet have approval for that.)
2. Get in touch with directsales@cityandguilds.com. Our Direct Sales Team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.
3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

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Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

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