Apply for an apprenticeship

As we continue to modernise our train services, infrastructure and working practices, we continue to seek out the leaders of tomorrow.
Apprentices provide a fresh perspective that every organisation needs to thrive, which is why many of our managers have started their careers with GTR via apprenticeship roles.

We continue to deliver high-quality apprenticeships that give colleagues the time to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enhance their careers and we offer nationally-recognised qualifications for all of them.

Your experience of our recruitment process is really important to us. We try to tailor each recruitment process to the role we are recruiting for and use a number of selections methods to help us recruit the best person for each role but also to give you insight as to what the role might be like

For more details, please visit our recruitment process page.

Meet some of our apprentices

Ramla, Station Manager

Twinkle, Apprentice Engineer

What is an apprenticeship and is it for me?

Apprenticeships have gone through radical changes in the last few years and are now work-based training programmes, used to up-skill our current workforce and ensure new employees have the best possible start to their GTR careers. There is no age limit and many of our programmes do not have any entry requirements, there is nothing stopping you!

Why should I choose an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is the ideal way to learn a new role – not only do you benefit from great training, you also learn the day-to-day role, gaining experience that cannot be taught. A GTR apprenticeship offers a competitive salary, incredible rail-specific benefits and a real sense of achievement once you have completed your programme.

What is involved in an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are made up of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed that you will need to achieve or fulfil to complete the programme.

Functional Skills (maths, English and in some cases, ICT) are also a part of all apprenticeships. You may be exempt from Functional Skills depending on prior education but if not, GTR offers all the support needed therefore, Functional Skills should not be a barrier to an apprenticeship as this is a bonus opportunity to hone essential life skills.

Application Tips

Before you begin your application, take a moment to consider your strengths

  • What are the qualities you have that will make us want to hire you for this position? Whatever they may be, make sure they’re clearly demonstrated in your application.
  • What are the different roles you’ve done in the past?
  • What skills and knowledge have you gained as a result?
  • How could you apply those skills and knowledge at GTR and in this position?

When structuring you answer, one widely used technique is the STAR approach (more information can be found below).

Once you’ve completed your application, make sure you proof read it before submitting. Spelling errors and grammatical mistakes won’t look great on your application, especially if you’re applying for a job that requires attention to detail.

Try to attach a CV and Covering Letter, even if it’s not required. If done well, they’ll give your application a real boost and help you to stand out

STAR Technique

Situation or Task Action Result
Describe the situation that you were confronted with or the task that needed to be accomplished. This is the most important section of the STAR approach as it is where you will need to demonstrate and highlight the skills and personal attributes that the question is testing. Explain what happened eventually – how it all ended.
With the STAR approach you need to set the context. Make it concise and informative, concentrating solely on what is useful to the story. Now that you have set the context of your story, you need to explain what you did. Also, use the opportunity to describe what you accomplished and what you learnt in that situation.
For example, if the question is asking you to describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult person, explain how you came to meet that person and why they were being difficult. In doing so, you will need to remember the following: This helps you make the answer personal and enables you to highlight further skills.
If the question is asking for an example of teamwork, explain the task that you had to undertake as a team. • Be personal, i.e. talk about you, not the rest of the team. • Go into some detail. Do not assume that they will guess what you mean. • Steer clear of technical information, unless it is crucial to your story. • Explain what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.