London Underground Engineering (Level 3)

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Work with us to ensure the ongoing performance and safety of our tube network.

Harry, London Underground Engineering Apprentice“TfL has a great reputation for apprenticeships. The scheme was established with proven development and support – so I knew I was joining a safe pair of hands.”

— Harry, London Underground Engineering Apprentice

How long: 3 years
Where:  London
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 September 2019

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Analytical and logical thinkers
  • Continuing learners
  • Creative and innovative

London Underground plays an essential role in our city’s development. Our network covers 253 miles, serving 275 stations and carriers more than five million passengers per day.

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 will I be doing

We ask you to choose which area within London Underground you’d like to apply for. From the start of your apprenticeship your training is specific to this specialism and your role at the end of the apprenticeship will be in this team.

  • Track
    The role of the Track team is to ensure that the Track Assets are maintained and inspected in accordance with the Engineering Standards
  • Power
    Your role in Power & Electrical could lead to maintaining and operating power equipment in our substations or maintaining electrical infrastructure assets across the whole London Underground portfolio
  • Lifts and Escalators
    You’ll be part of the team responsible for looking after an iconic and essential group of assets, our Lifts and Escalators. They’ve been serving our customers for more than 100 years and the area continues to grow as we deliver more Step Free Access Lifts and strive to make the network available to all
  • Signals
    With many interchanges and pressure on our network to be constantly “on”, ensuring our lines are running safely and to capacity is the responsibility of our signalling engineers. Advancements in technology are making this role increasingly interesting, you’ll be working on one of the world’s oldest transport networks rolling out the most advanced technology
  • Fleet
    We will be opening opportunities in Fleet in early March 2019 for roles starting in January 2020. If this is your preferred area of interest, keep an eye on this page to apply at a later date

Where can this career take me

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 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 eventually to senior management positions.


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“With the amount of experience and knowledge I developed in both Mechanical and Electrical, I was able to complete my Level 3 qualification early.”