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. We also run the UK's only high speed train service on our 'Javelin' trains with a top speed of 140 mph.
Just over 4,000 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 care passionately about our people and our passengers
- We make the difference together
- We aim to be the best
We are looking for aspiring candidates who would like to take up an apprenticeship with Southeastern and develop a career within our Engineering Department. This is a four year scheme designed at providing you with the appropriate qualifications and competencies to become a skilled service engineer. Here is a full breakdown of what you can expect throughout the programme:
The training in the first year will give you a broad base of knowledge and understanding of engineering. Your practical training will include the following:
- Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
- Using and Communicating Technical Data
- Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively
- Wiring and Testing Electrical Equipment and Circuits
- Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
- Maintaining Electrical Devices and Equipment
- Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment
- Programmable Logic Controllers
The remaining two and a half years of the apprenticeship are based in the workplace with day release at college. You will be given the option to gain exposure across our engineering departments including the Production Exam teams, Tech Department, Planning and Materials. Practical and theory training will also be given on all classes of Rolling stock that operate on the Southeastern network area.
The Apprenticeship Scheme prepares a young engineer for a career in Rail Engineering. The qualifications you will achieve upon completion will be Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence), Level 3 Diploma in Rail Engineering Competence and Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Knowledge Qualification.
To excel in this role, you will need:
- 4 x GCSE’s (Grade C / 5 minimum) including English, Maths and Science
- Good verbal communication skills
- To be proactive when it comes to problem solving
- Good team working skills
- Should be computer literate with a basic knowledge of information technology.
- Must possess good written and numerical skills.
You will be working 35 hours per week and will also receive 32 days annual holiday entitlement (which includes bank holidays).
As well as a generous salary, we offer an impressive benefits package which includes a Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme and free travel on Southeastern, GTR, Southern and Gatwick Express rail services. After a qualifying period, you can also look forward to reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services – benefits which extend to family members
If you like what you’ve read here and think you are the person we’re looking for then we’d like to hear from you.
As part of our recruitment process you will complete a series of aptitude tests, and undergo a medical and drugs/alcohol screening, prior to employment.
Southeastern welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and is committed to creating a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve
Note: Southeastern has a zero tolerance policy on the misuse of drugs and alcohol by employees, therefore you will be required to attend a medical assessment and undergo a Drugs and Alcohol Screening prior to joining Southeastern. If you fail the drugs and alcohol screening or refuse to take the test, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.