Apprentice [commercial] Bristol

Bristol Area, United Kingdom

Job Description

At Network Rail, we\'re part of a large family serving millions of passengers and freight users throughout the UK every day. Our service impacts millions of people and we strive to become more efficient as we enhance, maintain, and operate our network.

Our passengers and freight users are at the heart of everything we do. We help connect people to their friends and families and get goods to their destination safely and efficiently. We\'re an organisation where people matter. When you\'re part of our team, you matter to us, and you matter to millions.

The Wales & Western region includes more than 2,700 miles of railway and we serve communities and businesses of Wales, the Thames Valley, West of England, and the Southwest Peninsula.
Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users drives us every day and we\'re empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues, and protecting safety and wellbeing.

About our people and the recruitment process - We\'re an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone!

As a Network Rail employee, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits!

- Your salary in the first year is \xc2\xa319,838 and will increase each year.

\xc2\xb7 Privileged staff travel - Leisure travel discount of 75% on all leisure travel and includes family members. A subsidy of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets if you travel to work on the train.

\xc2\xb7 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

\xc2\xb7 Benefits package including healthcare offers, a cycle to work scheme, discounted healthcare club membership, and a discounted offers and benefits including childcare, healthcare and online shopping site.

\xc2\xb7 Effectively manage work-life balance with a 35hrs per week contract, hybrid working, flexible working, and enhanced family friendly support.

\xc2\xb7 5 days paid volunteering leave.

\xc2\xb7 Access to a range of pension and insurance schemes.

\xc2\xb7 Access to our employee assistance program, to help you with any finance, family, health, or wellbeing issues you have.

\xc2\xb7 2 weeks paid reserve leave for the Armed Forces community.

\xc2\xb7 In Wales and Western region, you will have the opportunity to join PROUD, our reward and recognition scheme where you can say thanks and recognise colleagues across the region who have demonstrated outstanding values and behaviours.


We want to help deliver a railway which is safe, reliable, affordable and that provides great customer service to everyone.

Brief Description

The Wales & Western Capital Delivery team believe in the \'One Team\' ethos. You will be working in a team that is passionate about delivering safely, efficiently and providing value for money for our passengers, train and freight operators and the taxpayer.

We are embarking on an exciting delivery model for our next 5-year delivery period. Our portfolio is diverse spanning from Buildings & Civils, Enhancements, Track, Signalling, Power and Communications. The projects delivered can range from major enhancements e.g., High Speed 2 Old Oak Common Station on the Great Western Mainline to medium sized enhancements, third party funded projects, renewals, and minor works. All of these are key to keeping our railway safe and running.

Our focus is on recruiting and retaining people who are key to the running of our railway. We are committed to supporting learning and development and enabling individuals to bring their whole selves to work. We are passionate about diversity and inclusion and have evidenced that a diverse team has enabled better delivery.

We are looking to attract individuals who are prepared to join us on our journey to look after our railway infrastructure, which is also a heritage, we are extremely proud of. You will provide commercial support to enable this.

Please check out the document attached to this vacancy for more information on what it\'s like to work in the Commercial function in Wales & Western region!

About the role (External)

A Commercial Apprenticeship with Network Rail is the first step into an exciting career in the Rail industry.


  • You need be aged 18 or over on or before 25 September 2023 to apply for this scheme.
  • Your salary in the first year is \xc2\xa319,838 and will increase each year.
  • The scheme lasts for three years.
  • Studying with Exeter College (1 day a week)
What you\'ll get out of it

After completing the course, you will have a Level 4 Construction Quantity Surveying Technician qualification.

You could even have further support and sponsorship from us to attend university and the chance to achieve professional qualifications. Because, when you start your career with Network Rail as an apprentice, anything is possible!

The opportunities it leads to:

Many of our apprentices go on to hold senior positions within Network Rail. The career path for this Apprentice opportunity would be a Project Commercial Assistant, with later career opportunities such as Assistant Commercial Manager, Commercial Manager and Senior Commercial Manager.

The entry requirements

You\'ll need at least GCSEs in English Language and Science at Grades 9 - 4, Maths at Grade 9 - 5, and one other subject at Grades 9 - 4.

Your Main Responsibilities will be to:

\xc2\xb7 Understanding and working with the systems that Network Rail uses to commercially manage its projects e.g., Oracle Projects, Monitor, Citadel, CEMAR so that they record the latest and correct information.

\xc2\xb7 Assist in the measurement and evaluation of the commercial value of payments, monitoring the correct certification of goods, services and works prior to authorisation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contracts.

\xc2\xb7 Contribute to the reporting on all commercial aspects of allocated projects including budgets and control of costs.

\xc2\xb7 Work on the preparation of pricing documents and pre-tender documentation including understanding supplier selection.

\xc2\xb7 Assist in general commercial management on a day-to-day basis working with project teams. This will include reviewing site records for to mitigate / resolve disputes.

You will ideally have

\xc2\xb7 A record of good time keeping.

\xc2\xb7 Ability to work to deadlines.

\xc2\xb7 Good problem-solving skills.

\xc2\xb7 Ability to communicate effectively.

\xc2\xb7 A passion to learn and grow with a can-do; will-do attitude.

\xc2\xb7 Computer literate with the ability to use Microsoft applications.

What could set you apart

\xc2\xb7 A can-do and will-do attitude

\xc2\xb7 Passion to learn and grow

Not sure if you meet all the requirements? Let us decide!

How to apply (External)

\xc2\xa319,838 per annum.

35 hours a week, 3 days on site/office based ((Swindon or Bristol) and 1 day working from home if required, plus 1 day a week studying at Exeter College.

Closing date: 02/10/2023.

Please check out the document attached to this vacancy for more information on what it\'s like to work in the Commercial function in Wales & Western region!

Please get your application in as soon as possible, we may close the advert before the listed closing date if we receive enough applications. Late applications will not be accepted.

Click \'apply now\' to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzz words for us. We\'re constantly striving to make sure we provide a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. We recognise that certain groups are under-represented within our team and we\'re working closely with our regional diversity and inclusion networks to make sure we support these groups as best as we can.

We are working in conjunction with the Cultural Fusion team. If you would like support with your application or interview please contact or visit the connect page: . For all other support please contact your HR Business Partner.

Network Rail is a and we\'ll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles. You can visit for advice on accessibility support if you\'re unsure of the options available. Should you require any reasonable adjustments/modifications, please contact Hayley Bird - 07732 643841.

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks.

Our Drugs and Alcohol Standard has changed. All prospective candidates will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5-year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced.

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do. Safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. You should demonstrate your personal dedication to safety on your application.

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Job Detail

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  • Job Type:
    Full Time
  • Salary:
    £19838 per year
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  • Job Location
    Bristol Area, United Kingdom
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