Job Description

If you’re great at problem solving, have an inquisitive mind and enjoy working in a supportive team environment, then our Engineering Apprenticeship opportunities could be just what you’re looking for. You will be earning as you learn whilst you work towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship which includes an Engineering Level 3 qualification as a Technician in Traction and Rolling Stock. We will equip you with all of the technical knowledge and hands on experience that you’ll need to take your first steps into an exciting and evolving career whether it be in Mechanical/ Electrical/Digital Engineering. We are looking to recruit to our sites in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool and Hull.

Your first year will be spent at Myerscough College in Preston, the accommodation is arranged and provided through Northern. Here you will work on your engineering skills in a classroom-based environment. You’ll be mentored and supported throughout the process, but you need to have a passion for engineering and a willingness to learn. To help you focus, and without the need for lengthy daily commute you are accommodated at the College. With space to study, mix with your fellow apprentices but also a place for you to relax and unwind with on-site facilities, such as a gym, sports facilities, local shop with public transport to the local Market Town and Preston City Centre.

The following years of your Apprenticeship will be spent within the Train Depot (Train Care Centre), working hands-on and learning from our dedicated trainers and your peers. This will help you build on your knowledge, give you practical experience which you will need to complete your assignments. You will have a number of placements in different departments at your Home Depot and during this time you’ll learn all about engineering and other key elements of the business.

On completion of your Apprenticeship, you will be qualified with the experience to be able to apply for a variety of different roles with the opportunity of progressing to further study at a higher level. You could be a Maintenance Engineer with potential to then move on to be a Team Leader or Technical Engineer. Alternatively, you could move around – from Production to Safety – the opportunities within Northern are many and varied. Many of our Apprentices choose to stay with Northern after their apprenticeships and are now enjoying rewarding careers across many areas of our business.

What we’re looking for .

We’re looking for candidates with a keen interest in Engineering/STEM and a desire to succeed and progress. You’ll also need at least 5 GCSEs with gained or predicted grades A to C or 9 to 4 including English and a Science at a grade 9 – 5/A-C in Maths.

You’ll also need to share our values, too. They reflect what’s important to the way we work, which means we look for the same in everyone who joins us

Make it yours – We’re proud to be who we are. We don’t hide our personality, we let it shine and bring our best every day.

Make the difference – We never settle for okay. We pursue perfection, seek out better ways and always look to improve.

Because we value our people and reward hard work, we’ve created a benefits package that we think you’ll love. So, you’ll be able to make the most of:

Cycle to Work Scheme – save up to 42% on the cost of a bike, while also spreading your payments throughout the year.

Free Travel on Northern services – everyone who works at Northern, plus their partners/spouses and dependents, can travel for free right across our full network of services. Certain eligibility criteria will apply.

75% discount with other Train Operating Companies – after 2 years with us, you’ll also get discounted travel on many other rail services in the UK and Europe.

Defined Benefit Pension Scheme – you’ll rarely find a pension as good as a Northern pension, and we top up your pension with a generous 1.5 times your contribution.

A generous holiday entitlement – our incredibly generous holiday entitlements can help you feel like you can get away too.

Employee Assistance Programme – advice, support and useful information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on everything from family issues to lifestyle matters.

Exclusive benefits with Northern Perks – enjoy retail discounts, instant vouchers, cashback, wellbeing support and much more.

Here’s how it works:

Our selection processes are designed to make joining us as smooth as possible, it not only provides us with the information we need to decide whether you’re the right person for the role, but also to make sure we’re also the right team for you.

Firstly, you will be required to complete some online assessments, if you are successful, you will be invited to an assessment selection event, where you will be expected to carry practical tasks and complete an interview. This also gives an opportunity to meet the team, other Apprentices and find out more about our Apprenticeship programme.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to have a medical assessment and a drugs and alcohol screening.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and a promoter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We also have Disability Confident status, which means we’re committed to making the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to the workplace.

If you need any help or support along the way, we are here to help. Once we have all your details, we will be back in touch to let you know what to expect.