Apprentice - Level 3: Train Maintenance Technician / Fitter (Crewe)

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Date: 16-Jul-2022

Location: Crewe, CHE, United Kingdom

Company: Alstom

Req ID:237005 


Location: Crewe, Cheshire


Appointment Basis: 3 Year Apprenticeship


This is an excellent opportunity to join a world leading engineering company where you will be working alongside qualified and experienced staff. We have a well established and long-term apprenticeship program through which we offer strong development opportunities, together with significant levels of support, mentoring and coaching.


Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide.


Within the UK & Ireland we are the leading supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and rail infrastructure provider. Alstom have built, or are building, just under 40% of the UK mainline train fleet; as well as the entire fleets in service with London Underground and Dublin Luas.


Employing 6000 people, we design and build trains at Derby, the UK’s largest train factory; and operate major sites at Widnes, Crewe, Ilford and Plymouth, and 30 train services depots across the UK and Ireland.


Now we are also part of a joint venture to design, build, and maintain the next generation of very high speed trains for HS2, delivering Europe’s fastest operational train, capable of operating at maximum speeds of 225mph (360 km/h). The fleet will be 100% electric and be one of the world’s most energy efficient very high speed trains with aerodynamic design, regenerative power and the latest energy efficient traction technology.


Employing over 200 people, our long-established site at Crewe is our major component overhaul facility, carrying out safety critical work on wheelsets, bogies, gearboxes & traction motors, HVAC Units, and pantographs for both our own built fleets and for others and will become a major part of delivering the high-speed trains for HS2.


Over a 3-year program, our Apprenticeships combine academic college studies with real life work-based experience across our organisation. You will have the opportunity to build and gather evidence of your competence whilst working towards a formal qualification.


Your day to day activities will involve learning about and supporting operational activities around overhaul and maintenance of bogies, wheelsets, traction motors, pantographs, HVAC units and Construction of new build bogies for HS2.


You will be working as part of a multifunctional team responsible for ensuring all operations they do are carried out to the detail process documentation to the required standards in a timely and professional manner. 


You will undertake a planned rotation across our Crewe Depot in order to gain the skills, and competence to complete the Standard requirements. In addition, you will attend education both part- time and on block release to achieve the Knowledge, Behaviours and, Competencies as required by the apprenticeship.


Attendance outside of standard work patterns should be expected.  You will also undertake internal training not covered by the Standard.


In line with the Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Standard, you will learn about all elements of Rail Engineering and the industry and eventually specialise in Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering.


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Key Duties:

  • Manage your own learning against ILP (Individual Learning Plan) and be accountable for development of your Apprenticeship portfolio as required by the Apprentice Standard.
  • Attend training provider courses full time or day release as requested; Leading to completion of a level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Operate at an appropriate level carrying out designated tasks within the team assigned.
  • Participate in company initiatives, in particular to be engaged in Continuous Improvement activity targeted at all aspects of Alstom performance.
  • Participate in STEM & other Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
  • Conduct oneself at all times in a manner that reflects positively on Alstom.
  • To comply with Alstom Procedures and the Code of Ethics
  • You will undertake a planned rotations in order to gain the skills, and competence to complete the Standard requirements. In addition, you will attend education both part time and on block release to achieve the Knowledge, Behaviours and, Competencies as required by the apprenticeship. Attendance outside of standard work patterns should be expected.
  • Become trained and competent in carrying out daily safety checks
  • Carry out general depot duties
  • Provide basic maintenance competency
  • Carry out depot cleaning/general housekeeping
  • Be responsible for managing the 5 S standards across your work area
  • Carry out cleaning by exception
  • Learn and proficiently use relevant tools and equipment for tasks given
  • Crane driving and lifting equipment and training as required – Once minumum age reached
  • Additional training for future similar roles/types of equipment
  • Carry out Testing activities in accordance with pre-written test procedures
  • Assist in component change outs 
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with quality and safety procedures
  • Assist in the testing and repair of equipment identified as faulty and removed from trains
  • Ensure work is performed in a safe and effective manner and in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), Railway Group Standards, and relevant Alstom Procedures.


Personal Specification:


you must have (or be predicted to have):

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade 5-9.
  • This should include Math’s, English and a Science/ICT subject


Required Skills & Abilities

  • Good mechanical/electrical ability combined with understanding the importance of precision and accuracy.
  • Ability to work at heights, in inspection pits and confined spaces.


Desired Personal Qualities

  • The right attitude and adherence towards safety is highly important.
  • Ability to manage own time, prioritise & meet deadlines
  • Ability to undertake own research & independent learning
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to demonstrate their commitment to achieving the apprenticeship award
  • You should be able to act as a member of a multi-disciplined team (with flexibility around team roles), and also able to work on your own initiative where required.


We  value inquisitive, innovative and motivated people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable.

Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  We aim to have a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals, of different ages, genders, ethnicities, disability, LGBT, religion and/or belief.


As a 'Disability Confident' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification: if you require any reasonable adjustments, please let us know.

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