Careers in Rail

Every day over four million journeys are made across the 20,000 miles of track in England, Scotland and Wales.

Britain has Europe’s fastest-growing railway infrastructure and needs trained, hard-working individuals to keep the system moving safely, reliably and efficiently. We work in partnership with YFL, Northern Rail and Network Rail to offer two pathways into the rail industry; one in Rail Engineering and the other in rail support roles.


Study Type Part Time
Venue Northern Training Academy
Duration 3 Weeks
Level Other
Start Date 15-Apr-2024

Get Into Rail Programme

Northern Rail, Network Rail & Carlisle Facilities Services are working in partnership with Shipley College to offer pre-employment training to support unemployed individuals into jobs withi customer service…

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Completing this course has been life changing. I didn't have any experience or many qualifications so this course was perfect for me to give me a chance in a new career. I haven't been out of work since I qualified with Shipley College, working in Tadcaster, Leeds, Morley and York. There is plenty of work, you just have to work hard and be committed to the job.

Richard Burns, PTS Track Engineer


Get into Rail - Support Service Roles

A 3-week pre-employment training programme to support unemployed individuals into support service roles within the Rail industry, providing regular job opportunities within Bradford and Leeds.

This includes work experience at Northern Rail, Network Rail and Carlisle Support Services, and a Level 2 Customer Service qualification.

Job roles include:

  • Train Presentation Operative
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Gateline Assistant

Rail Engineering - Track Maintenance

Are you ready to become a part of the UK’s vital network of engineers?

On our Railway Engineering course you will learn:

  • Working efficiently and effectively as a Rail Track Engineering Operative
  • Organisational Safety Requirements
  • Engineering and Documentation Data
  • Restoring Rail Switches and Crossings
  • Restoring Plain Line Track Geometry
  • Restoring Track Geometry Faults
  • Replacement of Permanent Way Assets and Components


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