Rail Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Engineering Department at Colchester Institute.  Due to rapid expansion and an industry skills shortage TES2000, a Colchester based railway engineering company; require a number of individuals to be employed as apprentices within their company over the next 12 months. Working with Colchester Institute, a screening and training programme has been devised.  

There have already been seven successful Pre- Apprenticeship Programmes and we are now looking to run an eighth Pre- Apprenticeship Programme in February 2018.

Initially, candidates will attend college four days a week for six weeks studying on a Level 1 City & Guilds 2850 – 10 Certificate in Engineering and a further one day a week over the six weeks will be spent within TES2000 gaining work experience and additional training.  During this programme candidates will be continually monitored, for commitment, attitude and work ethic. At the end of the 6 week programme candidates will be given the opportunity to attend a job interview with TES2000 and those who are successful will progress to an employed apprenticeship position with TES2000 with further study to Level 2 Track Maintenance Apprenticeship Framework.

Spaces are limited so for further information please contact Teresa Bishop on (01206) 712990 or email teresa.bishop@colchester.ac.uk

The Facts

The 6 week Pre Apprenticeship programme is due to start week commencing 19 February 2018.

Interviews for the 6 week course will be held on 13/02/18 and 15/02/18 – please contact Teresa Bishop on (01206) 712990 or email teresa.bishop@colchester.ac.uk for details.

You will be provided with overalls, boots and safety glasses for the duration of the 6 week course

  • Number of hours to attend College each week will be 24 excluding lunch and breaks
  • Number of weeks to work on the programme will be six
  • You must be over the age of 18 on or before the 1 April 2018 due to rail industry H & S requirements
  • You will attend a weekly 1 day work placement with TES2000 while you are on the programme, where you will also be monitored for your suitability to the programme
  • You must have a good standard of general education, GCSE grade E or above in English and maths (desirable)
  • You will be assessed throughout the 6 week course for your suitability for employment
  • Driving licence (desirable)
  • Successful completion of the programme will secure you a job interview with TES2000
  • Benefits not affected while on the 6 week course
  • If in receipt of benefits , JCP will contribute towards travel costs

At the end of the course, assuming you have completed and passed all the units, you will also receive a Level 1 City & Guilds 2850-10 Certificate in Engineering.

If you are successful in securing a place on an Apprenticeship Programme with TES, some of the benefits that you will receive are as follows:

  • Rate of pay while on the apprenticeship will be £7.00 per hour
  • Bonus payment for completion of the apprenticeship
  • There will be an opportunity to be able to learn to drive and TES will fund part of the costs subject to T & C’s
Rail Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)TBC
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)TBC
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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