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How can I get Work in the Rail Industry?

Signet Solutions are not a recruiting agency. We do not place people in jobs, nor will our Signal Engineering Training courses guarantee you any employment in the Rail Signalling industry.

Our specialised training courses are used by employers in the industry to train their staff to perform specialised job roles. Employers in the industry do not normally expect you to have attended this specialist training before you start employment.

As many candidates are eager to get a foot in the door we would generally advise against attending rail industry training courses in the hope of securing employment in the future. However, if you are determined to attend a course at your own expense, we would recommend our Introduction to Signalling (Basic Signalling 1 & 2) course which we offer on an Open Programme for individuals to attend.

This gives good underpinning knowledge which is needed to become a Signal Engineer. We also combine the BS1/2 with a Mod 5 Test Assistant course (see our course specifications for further information. Whilst we cannot guarantee employment and we would certainly recommend that you try to apply directly to Employers before spending your own personal funds where possible, however this may be an option for you to gain employment.

We recommend when applying for jobs within the rail industry that you apply to reputable organisations offering permanent jobs. Reputable organisations offering permanent jobs seek applicants with relevant academic qualifications and/ or suitable electrical and mechanical experience gained in other industries. They do not always seek applicants who have already attended specialised rail industry courses, however not averse to those with some underpinning knowledge.

The types of qualifications and experience which rail industry employers seek would typically be:

  • For school leavers, a reasonable pass in applied science or physics.
  • For Jobseekers wishing to join the rail signalling industry at a later point in their careers, a vocational qualification such as NVQ or City & Guilds in an electrical field would be desirable.
  • Rail signalling control is today mostly electromechanical or computer based. This means that you should have some electrical experience or aptitude to get you started. A mechanical aptitude is also beneficial, as points and level crossing barriers are required to be moved by electrical control systems.

There are many organisations in the rail industry offering job opportunities. Below are some links to the careers pages of a small selection. There are many more to find.

Finally, beware of “jobs” websites advertising individual vacancies for permanent or short term positions. Such companies are not offering employment, they are seeking commission. They will tend to give poor advice in terms of training needs and employment prospects.

Good Luck!

Can I work for Signet Solutions?

Signet Solutions are always keen to recruit new training consultants to our team.
Ideal candidates will:

  • Hold an academic qualification preferably to Level 4
  • Be both an experienced engineer and communicator
  • Have a presentable and professional bearing
  • Ideally but not essentially, have railway specific experience

We will offer a competitive salary to suitable candidates. Our work is predominantly based at our Derby training centre but will involve travel to customer sites elsewhere from time to time.

If you are interested, please send your CV and letter demonstrating how you meet the above criteria to
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22 November 2017 - 9:44am

It’s not only the Railway that is Digital. Here’s Jon G8GJC working digital on the 20m amateur radio band. Couldn’t do it without a Signet cuppa.

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10 October 2017 - 1:10pm

This afternoon Signet will be hosting the IRSE Midland & North Western Section meeting in Derby (Derby Resignalling). Lecture starts at 5.15pm
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30 September 2017 - 3:09am

Well done to all the bursary winners who attended the IRSE Convention, but special congratulations to Amy and Luke who were IRSE/Signet sponsored

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29 September 2017 - 4:16pm

IRSE Convention Day 4 - Morning visit to the Denton County Transport Authority. Visiting the maintenance depot and seeing where equipment is fitted into the vehicles (PTC sensors)

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28 September 2017 - 1:56am

IRSE Convention Day 2 - Really good tour of BNSF and GE facilities today and some good insight to technical equipment and Positive Train Control. No pictures allowed at GE unfortunately but the technical tour was excellent.

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27 September 2017 - 3:47pm

IRSE Convention day 2

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26 September 2017 - 5:26pm

Glad to be one of the major sponsors of the 2017 IRSE Convention. Looking forward to day one which has a full day of technical papers.

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26 September 2017 - 2:12am

Enjoying diner with the Engineers of the future and the IRSE/Signet award winners at the 2017 IRSE convention in Dallas Fort Worth. Well done to all and especially Luke and Amy

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26 September 2017 - 12:13am

Opening address by our IRSE President Mr Peter Symonds

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3 August 2017 - 1:27pm

Congratulations to Andy Knight who did a 46 mile bike ride at the Prudential Ride London Event on Sunday. His charity was for the Alzheimer's Society and he raised a massive £725.00 - well done Andy 😁

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7 July 2017 - 1:00pm

Happy Birthday to Barry who has been on a Points and Clamplock Installation course with us this week all the way from Ireland

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6 July 2017 - 2:24pm

A very successful weekend in preparation of the IRSE Examination which was really well attended this - good luck to all the delegates for the exams in October

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6 April 2017 - 12:19pm

**Only TWO places now available** on our OPEN ERTMS 5 day course commencing Monday 24th April 2017

Telephone Karen on 01332 343585 or email karenjackson@signet-solutions.com for further details

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12 January 2017 - 4:19pm

Into the Future with ERTMS - We have a scheduled an Open ERTMS UK Application course for individuals to attend to commence 24.04.17 - 28.04.17. Anyone interested in booking a place please call us on 01332 343585.
You can view the course specification on our website :
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3 January 2017 - 2:44pm

As we enter our 21st year as a Company we would like to wish all our clients and delegates a very Happy New Year for 2017. Best Wishes from all the Signet Team

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2 December 2016 - 8:43pm

Happy to be attending and sponsoring the IRSE Toronto meeting this afternoon in downtown Toronto

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19 November 2016 - 11:50am

I've posted about the IRSE Irish section dinner but had some problems with the pictures but here they are.
Once again congratulations to the committee and section.

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19 November 2016 - 11:46am

Great night at the IRSE Irish Section dinner last night. Great evening with good speeches, good food, good company but some questionable singing 🎤

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22 July 2016 - 10:29am

It's competition time!!!! As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations we are offering you a chance of winning a training course at our Training Centre in Derby to the value of £2020.20. For further information visit our website. http://www.signet-solutions.com/signet-solutions-20th-anniversary-competition-time

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22 July 2016 - 10:25am

Congratulations to Rob Taylor-Rose who is the first winner of our Signet/IRSE Award who achieved the best mark in an individual module (Module 1) of the IRSE Examination. Rob is a Signalling Project Engineer at Network Rail in Stratford. The award supports the attendance by the winner at the IRSE International Convention (this year in Beijing, China).

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21 July 2016 - 4:07pm

We all had a lovely day on Tuesday celebrating - thank you to all those who came along to celebrate with us - a special thanks to the Rt Honourable Margaret Beckett for unveiling our celebratory plaque to mark this auspicious occasion

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15 July 2016 - 12:54pm

Countdown to our 20th Anniversary - only 5 days to go !!!

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2 July 2016 - 1:08pm

Signet are pleased to be holding this year's IRSE Exam Preparation weekend again for modules 2, 3 and 5. We have record numbers this year with 40 plus attending and along with the Volunteer Tutors Reuben Dakin, Signet and Peter Woodbridge, and Siemens We also have kind assistance in the various training workshops from Jesper Philips - Network Rail, Jeremy Ricketts - Siemens, Dorothy Pipet - Alstom and Dan Heeley - Network Rail. Also helping out are Andy Knight, Karen Jackson and Amelia Jackson. Good luck to everybody in the exms both this year and next

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10 June 2016 - 10:21am

FOUR of Signet's Training Consultants will be taking part in a Charity Cycle Ride this weekend (Sunday 12th June) to raise funds for the Alzheimers society.

Andy Knight, Reuben Dakin, Brian Cookson and Simon Weatherill have signed up with 'Alzheimers100 Charity Cycle Rides' for a 25 mile route around the Crewe area.

All funds will be donated to the Alzheimers society and specifically allocated towards research into this Illness and go a long way in funding a researcher for nearly three years.

The Signet Team wish the boys a safe journey and hope the weather is kind to you.

If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause then you can to justgiving.com through the following link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SignetSolutionsLimited

Further details can be found at http://alzheimers100.co.uk/

Photographs of our boys to follow...

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30 March 2016 - 9:46am

Andy Knight has just completed two training events in Beijing for IST Intermediate Signalling Technology and AST Advanced Signalling Technology. Congratulations to all Students on their excellent results. This is the second delivery in China for Signet and a big thanks go to Tony Gao (Ricardo) and all at CRSC

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