RFLI Mechanical & Electrical (Level 3)

Work with a team of engineers and gain experience across our shafts, portals and stations, carrying out maintenance works.

Sarah, Rail for London Infrastructure Apprentice
“I love working at TfL as a Rail for London Infrastructure apprentice — it’s been a life-changing experience for me. I studied Health and Social care at college, I’m so glad I discovered the engineering scheme.”
— Sarah, Rail for London Infrastructure Apprentice

How long: 3-4 years
Where: Plumstead, London
Salary: £19,815 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)
Scheme begins: January 2022


What you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language or equivalent
  • To be 18 years of age 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme

We’re looking for people who:

  • Are interested in mechanical & electrical engineering
  • Are highly motivated and proactive
  • Have a creative approach to problem solving
  • Are logical thinkers
  • Are comfortable working underground in our tunnels

Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI) part of TfL will be responsible for the tunnel environment, shafts, portals and as well as a number of stations on the central operating system of the Elizabeth Line. The central operating system runs from Paddington to Abbey Wood and includes stations such as Tottenham Court Road & Farringdon. Based at our new depot in Plumstead the role of a RFLI Mechanical & Electrical apprentice is critical in ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of our stations and assets. You will be responsible for maintenance, inspection and fault finding across our infrastructure, ensuring we are operating at peak performance in order to carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year.

What will I be doing?

As an RFLI Mechanical & Electrical apprentice, you will be working alongside our Mechanical, Electrical & Plant engineers. You will gain experience across our shafts, portals and stations, carrying out various maintenance works.

You will work with a team of qualified and licensed technicians, who will provide oversight and guidance throughout your programme, teach you the skills required for the role and most of all, share their extensive knowledge and experience.  Our mechanical & electrical work can include, electrical testing & maintenance, ventilating, heating, water supply, waste (effluent discharge) and drainage.  You will develop diagnostic skills and detail knowledge of our system operating principles. Electrical safety is an important area of our work and you will also learn our safety rules & regulations, ensuring the completion all electrical systems are be safe to use.

Over the course of your apprenticeship you will gain experience across the Elizabeth Line central operating system and on occasion other areas to TfL, building your understanding of our railway. It is an exciting time to be joining RfLI and part of our new Elizabeth line.

Where can this career take me?

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you could roll-off into the Elizabeth Line maintenance team which could lead to further career development opportunities such as supervisory roles, project management, site management, surveying and site engineering.


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