Help ensure our tracks and assets are kept in a safe condition.
‘Track is an ever evolving asset and I enjoy looking at new innovations and how they can improve the ways in which we build, maintain and inspect our Track Assets ‘
— Mick, Track Competence Assurance Manager
This role starts in February 2020
How long: 3 years
Salary: From £19,268
What you’ll need
- 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English language.
- To be 17 years old by 1 February 2020
We’re looking for people who are
- Analytical and logical thinkers
- Continuing learners
- Creative and innovative
London Underground carries five million passengers a day, putting intense stress and strain on our trains as they keep London moving. Our Track apprentices play a key part in ensuring that the Track Assets are constantly maintained and inspected so that the track is in a safe condition.
The role of a London Underground engineering apprentice is critical to ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of our tube network. The technological advancements we are seeing in our trains and operating infrastructure mean that we need to adapt the way we maintain our assets to keep them operating at peak performance.
You’ll be at the forefront of these developments whilst also keeping a watchful eye on our legacy assets across the network.
What you will be doing
You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced and qualified staff through various placements across the organisation to gain a broad range of hands-on knowledge.
The role of the Track team is to ensure that the Track Assets are maintained and inspected in accordance with the Engineering Standards as laid down by the Head of Track Engineering.
Some of the key roles that a Track Operative or Track Skilled Operative include:
- Liaising with the Track Charge Hands and Supervisors providing accurate and detailed information in a timely manner
- Using plant and equipment correctly and escalating defective or broken items
- Ensuring completed works are compliant to LU Engineering Standards, Process & Procedures
These are achieved through working with teams and other departments within the business such as Signals to ensure that all works undertaken are completed within a timely manner and to the correct quality.
Where you can take your career
This apprenticeship is just the start of your career, the roles and opportunities available to you are endless.
You may want to progress onto an Apprenticeship at a higher level , or you may want to move into a Team Leader, Depot Manager or Operational Manager role. Alternatively, you may want to remain as a hands-on engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of Apprentices.
The current Head of Signals, Director of Engineering and Managing Director for London Underground for TfL both started as technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire to eventually rise to senior management positions.
‘The opportunities offered within the role are endless. I am inspired by speaking to people who work in depots who started as apprentices and are now in more senior roles.’
— Laura, London Underground Fleet Apprentice