Apprenticeships with Direct Rail Services

There are a wide range of Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship available in a variety of roles across the business. Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship roles are available at either the company’s headquarters in Carlisle or another major depot in Crewe.

Direct Rail Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The company was established in 1995 as a key supplier of transport and associated services to the nuclear industry. Direct Rail Services continues to support the decommissioning activities of its parent company, but it has also successfully extended its service offerings into a number of new and exciting rail market sectors.

Today Direct Rail Services is a profitable and dynamic business that is achieving sustained growth with current turnover levels running at around £75 million a year. In addition, the company now employs more than 400 staff, with many joining the company through the Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship programme. The company’s headquarters are based in Carlisle, but it also has several locations all across the UK. There are 8 locations in Scotland, 2 in Wales and 21 in England, including a major depot at Crewe.

DRS provides a comprehensive range of rail transport and network support services, including:

  • Intermodal Freight
  • Specialist Freight
  • Rail Network Infrastructure Support
  • Major Infrastructure Project Support
  • Passenger & Train Operating Company Support

Clients include many of the UK’s leading freight companies as well as FTSE 100 businesses. Stobart Group relies on Direct Rail Services to provide the rail leg of many of their long distance freight transports. Household names such as Virgin and Tesco rely on Direct Rail Services to keep their businesses running reliably, efficiently and to the highest performance standards.

Direct Rail Services has a uniquely flexible and efficient fleet of locomotives and rolling stock. A fleet of Class 68, 66, 57, 37 and 20 locomotives offer unbridled flexibility, delivering freight services across the network and supporting both Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies to keep their services running.

The company also recently introduced a new Class 88 locomotive, jointly developed with Stadler in Valencia, Spain. This mixed traffic locomotive offers a wide range of performance advantages to clients as well as delivering the highest standards of efficiency and emissions in the industry.

Furthermore, as part of a drive for technical innovation, Direct Rail Services has developed a fleet of IDA ‘Super’ Lowliner twin platforms. Offering an ultra-low platform height, these deliver 3 key advantages:

  • Reduced CO2 and increased fuel efficiency
  • More containers for any given train length
  • Increased network access and the ability to carry higher height ISO containers across the network

This is why Direct Rail Services is the first choice for the UK’s intermodal transport specialists. As a result, Tesco uses Direct Rail Services to provide the rail leg of their freight transports as a key part of their “less CO2” initiative.

Roles Available with Direct Rail Services

The Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship programme has a variety of roles across the business and in various locations:

  • Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) – based at Carlisle & Crewe
  • Finance – based at Carlisle
  • Human Resources – based at Carlisle
  • Operations – based at Carlisle & Crewe
  • Train Planner – based at Crewe

Education Requirements for Direct Rail Services

The Education Requirements for the Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship programme are as follows:

  • GCSE grades A-C in any area

Engineering Apprenticeship roles also require some engineering experience and an understanding of Mechanical Principles, as well as an understanding of the Rail Industry.

When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Direct Rail Services?

The Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship programme opens for applications in the first part of the year, with closing dates in the middle of April.

Direct Rail Services Apprenticeship roles start in September.

To find out more about this Apprenticeship at Direct Rail Services register now:

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