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Engineering Apprentice

Southeastern Railway

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Job Introduction


Our four year Engineering Apprenticeship programme is the perfect foundation block for anyone looking to start a career in Engineering.

The apprenticeship balances college learning with work placements at our Engineering depots for an excellent blended approach to learning.

Successful completion of this apprenticeship will result in a Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician qualification and knowledge of different types of trains, faults and Southeastern depots, as well as opportunities to progress into other Engineering roles.

For more in-depth detail of what the Apprenticeship involves, please see attached information pack.

The Ideal Candidate

We are seeking applications from those who are passionate about engineering.

No previous rail experience is required!

We would encourage you to demonstrate the below in your application;

  • 4 x GCSE's of Grade C/ 4 or above, including English, Maths, and Science.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • To be proactive and have the ability to problem solve.
  • Great team working ability.
  • Should be computer literate with a basic knowledge of information technology.

Please see hints and tips sheet attached for more information on how to complete our application form.

Read about Juliana Teichert journey on becoming an Apprentice Engineer

A STREET artist who trained to be a clown is now an apprentice engineer.

Juliana Teichert was a hospital clown doctor helping sick children in her native Germany before moving to the UK.

After spells honing her entertaining skills with a street art group and working in care, Juliana was encouraged to try a career in the railway by friend Dan Carter, a maintenance engineer at Slade Green.

Since starting with Southeastern in September, Juliana splits her time between Gillingham depot and college in Strood, working towards an HNC in Engineering.

Juliana said: “Dan gave me a really good idea of what the job is about. I was so pleased when I was taken on.

“I had started a Bachelor of Engineering Open University degree. But I wasn’t getting hands-on experience. Now, every day in the depot, I’m learning new things.

“There is so much process! Jack Bates, Service Engineer, is really looking after me in depot, giving me tasks on maintenance and testing, making sure I understand what is happening. Everyone is really helpful, explaining what they are doing.

“I can change a brake pad now – even if it is a bit slow.”

Juliana will continue to delight audiences with stilt walking, juggling, mime and comedy in the summer, using her newfound skills to improve the act.

She said: “Making props to use in the show will be a lot easier with the mechanical, wiring and electronics experience I’m getting.

“With four days on, four days off, the engineering job gives me loads of flexibility to carry on performing.”

Package Description

Southeastern recognises the value of every individual employee and offers benefits that reflect this.

As well as a generous salary, we offer an comprehensive benefits package which includes;

  • A Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme
  • Free rail travel on Southeastern and GTR rail services (extends to family members for leisure/educational travel)
  • After a qualifying period, reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services
  • Up to 32 days annual leave entitlement (including bank holidays)
  • Access to an array of discounts for retail and leisure products through our benefits scheme.
  • Family friendly benefits including enhanced maternity/paternity leave, parental leave and carers leave.

About the Company

About Southeastern

Southeastern is one of the busiest commuter rail companies in the UK running more than 2,000 trains, and carrying nearly 600,000 passengers every day between London, Kent and East Sussex.

Just over 4,500 employees - mostly from the communities that we serve - work together to provide this vital service and we are looking to expand our successful team. We have a strong set of values that shape the way we run our business and guide our staff in delivering what our customers need. These are:

  • We aim to be the best
  • We make the difference together
  • We care passionately about our people and our passengers

We are committed to being an inclusive employer, creating a workplace where everyone can come to work, feel safe and comfortable and able to do everything to the best of their ability. Read about some of the great Diversity and Inclusion initiatives our Head of Colleague Experience has been leading on here.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and it matters to us that our teams reflect the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We are also proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for Women. If you would like to know more information about how we are supporting our employees, you can view our policies and initiatives here.

If you have been unsuccessful in the recruitment process for the same/similar position you will not be eligible to apply for a period of 6 months from that date.

All offers of employment are subject to us obtaining satisfactory references (covering all education, training, employment and unemployment in the preceding 5 years and any previous railway employment). We will also complete right to work in the UK and criminal record checks. This is to ensure we are employing the best person for the role and to protect our customers, colleagues and our reputation. We are unable to offer sponsorship to work in the UK.

This post will close before the intended closing date should sufficient number of suitable applications be received. Therefore, if you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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