An apprenticeship is an ideal way to continue your rail operations career; combining study with ‘real time’ on the job training.

Apprenticeship standards have been developed by employers and form progressive career pathways, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours required and defined for today’s industry.

We offer three apprenticeships at Level 3, 4, 5

L3 Team Leader or Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard

L4 Passenger Transport Operations Manager Apprenticeship Standard

L5 Operations or Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard


In January 2023, CIRO were assessed by OFSTED for the first time and were delighted to have been rated good – with no conditions. This reflects the high standards that our apprenticeship team continue to strive for across their entire operation.

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Key Benefits of an Apprenticeship with CIRO

  • Unique rail operations course contextualisation.
  • Line Manager induction and planned communication schedule to improve the experience of apprentices.
  • A unique blend of face-to-face content provision, online learning resources and portfolio tools for each client.
  • Highly qualified teachers and experienced railway tutors.
  • A unique opportunity for your employee to create their own professional network

Pursuing an Apprenticeship

All apprenticeship applications must go through your employer organisation and participants are chosen via the employer selection processes.

Places on apprenticeships may depend on suitability of the course and the availability of levy funding.

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If you would like more information about the CIRO apprenticeship programmes contact our apprenticeships team at