Rail engineering - Level 3 apprenticeship framework
This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level three rail engineering. This is the only level 3 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.
About this framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 3 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the rail engineering industry. Successful completion of the framework will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the industry.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in engineering will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete a combination of both a competence and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the essential skills below.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
- information and communication technology – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications – pathway options
You need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification shown below.
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be employed to take part in the programme.
Employment is at the discretion of the employer who may have specific expectations in terms of qualifications or other recruitment criteria.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 rail industry apprenticeship.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
• have already gained significant work experience in this occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 rail industry framework and also demonstrate the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
• have previously achieved a relevant level 2 competence-based vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the apprenticeshipsni level 2 rail industry framework
See also the DfE operational requirements for eligibility information.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the ERR has been completed.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework Number 381 Issue 3: 10/23) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: