Funded Courses for the Railway

Duration: 6-7 weeks


PTS, ICI, DCCR, TIC, Level 2 C&G NVQ Diploma in Railway Engineering Track Maintenance

Pre-Requisite Requirements

  • Aged 19 years or older (31st August of the academic year)
  • Been a UK resident for the past 3 years or at least living in the EU for the past 3 years
  • Unemployed and claiming JSA, ESA or Universal Credit  


  • Currently employed but earning less than £15,736.50 a year (will need to provide evidence)
  • Must be able to pass a drug and alcohol test 


The Adult Education Programme for Rail aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to prepare and train them to work in the Rail Industry.

We will offer a range of qualifications taking a blended approach to learning carried out in excellent facilities; there will be a combination of classroom maintenance knowledge and work practical experience.

What qualifications will the learner receive?

Personal Track Safety (PTS); this qualification is mandatory in the rail sector and allows the holder to gain access as well as work on the railway. This qualification is made up of e-learning, classroom participation and practical elements.

Industry Common Induction (ICI); The (ICI) provides staff with a health and safety induction for working in construction sites, rail depots and station maintenance. It has been developed by Network Rail, in partnership with ISLG (Infrastructure Safety Liaison Group) and RIAG (Rail Infrastructure Assurance Group). It covers the safety procedures and risks that are common across the rail industry, whatever the role and type of site.

DC Conductor Rails (DCCR); Any person going to walk or work “On or Near the Line” near to or adjacent DC Conductor Rails must be competent to look after their own safety in relation to 3rd and 4th rail areas. Upon successful completion of the course, the candidates will have the skills and knowledge and understand the behaviours required to work safely near or adjacent to DC conductor rails.

They will be able to describe the principles of the DC electrified system, identify the main components of the DC system and the hazards and risks associated with working DC conductor rail areas.

Track Induction (TIC); To provide the basic underpinning knowledge of permanent way construction, components and working methods associated with maintenance, renewal, repair, adjustment and dismantling of permanent way assets. This course teaches the candidates how to use the tools and carry out the jobs for repair, renewals or maintenance of the railway.

Level 2 C&G NVQ Diploma in Railway Engineering Track Maintenance; this will provide the learner with the understanding of track layout, operational procedures whilst working on the track, H&S aspects of the rail industry, manual handling techniques, how to carry out a track inspection and how to maintain the track itself.

Rail Track Practical Experience; The learners will gain practical skills and experience using variety of methods to maintain the railway infrastructure.

Who can access this programme?

To be eligible, the individuals must be:

  • Aged 19 years or older (31st August of the academic year)
  • Been a UK resident for the past 3 years or at least living in the EU for the past 3 years
  • Unemployed and claiming JSA, ESA or Universal Credit  


  • Currently employed but earning less than £15,736.50 a year (will need to provide evidence)

Where will the learning take place?

Intertrain deliver Adult Learner Responsive programmes throughout the U.K – locations can be confirmed with Recruitment Administrator.

How long is the programme?

The training programme duration will take approximately 6-7 weeks and learners will attend for 35 hours a week. Session times will be 8.30am – 4.00pm with 30 minutes for lunch.

Are there any pre-requisite requirements?

Learners will have to participate and pass a drugs and alcohol test – due to the high risk nature of working on the railway.

How does a learner apply?

To apply please fill out the application form below. 

What do our trainees think

PTS Practical Event, Warrington

The trainer had a very thorough knowledge of the subject matter, and was able to back that up with relevant real life examples. Craig was flexible in his approach and willing to go deeper into particular areas if required to ensure understanding. The facilities are good, and the indoor track training area is particularly impressive.

Martin Smith, Carillion Construction Ltd
OLEC 2, Doncaster

Very well constructed and delivered, outstanding performance on the trainer's part, both in the classroom and out on the track. I would recommend Archie McNeill to anyone who wishes to learn about overheads - a terrific experience.

Zain Ahmad, Coyle
DCCR Initial, Crayford

Lee had an excellent practical and pragmatic approach towards training. I found him to be very knowledgeable, but more importantly he has fantastic knowledge transfer skills.

Umair Khan, Siemens Rail Automation
COSS Initial, Doncaster

I enjoyed the course, it was delivered to a high standard. Kev is an excellent trainer, he is informative and has a great sense of humour. His method of teaching was simplified and thorough - Great!

Thomas Smith, Amey Group Services Ltd
COSS Initial, Warrington

Very well run course, professionally presented. Good reminder of duties and responsibilities.

Mark Harris, ABC Electrification
COSS Initial, Enfield

Vic was a fantastic trainer, his knowledge of the industry is vast and his delivery was second to none. A great course and trainer - thanks!

Douglas Aitken, Balfour Beatty Rail Limited

Intertrain suspend all training until further notice X

Further to our correspondence on Friday 20th March 2020, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all training across all our centres in the UK from the close of business tonight.

This has not been an easy decision however, we want to ensure the safety, protection and the well-being of our staff and customers during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Please click here for more information.

Intertrain offering distance learning

Intertrain part of the City and Guilds group have now designed a Rail distance learning package, where you will gain a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge.

This will be undertaken with one of our dedicated trainers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you through your qualification.

If you wish for more information please click here.