SCQF Level 5

Course Overview
The railways are a key part of the UKs transport infrastructure for commuting leisure and business travel as well as freight services. The rail industry has been experiencing strong growth in passenger journeys putting pressure on available resources. The industry recognises that it needs staff with the right skills to deal with the ever increasing demands. As a result we are offering this City and Guilds NVQ Level 2 in Railways Engineering Permanent Way - Renewals.

This will give you an introduction to the railway industry and prepare you for a career in railway engineering. The course lasts 18 weeks. The first two weeks will be based in the College. You will then go to our shore site where you will work on our simulated track for 12 weeks and undertake practical training including PTS (Personal Tack Safety) and TIC (Track Induction Course). You will also do the theory for your PTS and learn about the health and safety need to work in the railway sector.

Successful completion of this will allow you to work on the rail infrastructure. City and Guilds Railways Engineering Permanent Way - Renewals is one of our Employability Training programmes and is for college and employability fund students.

What is Employability Training? Edinburgh College offers a range of practical courses which will provide you with a recognised qualification and the skills that employers are looking for. Through Employability Training you can access: Real Life Work Experience,  Industry Qualifications and  Industry Job Searches.

Please note that this course has multiple start dates throughout the year from August.

Find out more about our Employability Training here or call 0131 535 4800.
What You Will Learn
  • NVQ Level 2 Railways Engineering
  • Critical training in Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • Track Induction Course (TIC)
  • Health and Safety
Entry Requirements
  • We recommend that you are at least 17 years old when starting this course, you must be 18 years old upon completion in order to enter employment.
  • You should be fit and healthy and will undergo a fitness and drugs and alcohol test prior to being given a place on the programme.
  • No formal qualifications are required but some construction/plant experience would be beneficial
  • You will be asked to attend an interview for a skills assessment
  • Contact your careers advisor or Jobcentre Plus to find out more information and to check your eligibility Get Into Work If you have reached the statutory school leaving age currently out of work and living in Edinburgh East Lothian or Midlothian our Employability Training could provide you with the skills and experience to take the next step forward on your future path.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continual Assessment during course
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Opportunities for employment exist in a number of rail projects currently active in the UK
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • On successful completion of the course you can progress to employment through a rail employment agent or seek work directly with an employer. Growth and development of the East West Rail link and the Borders Railway means that employment is set to remain steady in this area.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 5 Days per week

This 18 week course is available on various start dates throughout the year.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tam Stoddart on tam.stoddart@edinburghcollege.ac.uk to organise an interview.
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