Trams Engineering (Level 3)

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Help our Trams business connect communities and create opportunities across London.

Lauren, Trams Engineering Apprentice“Growing up in Croydon, I’ve seen the impact that the Tram network has everyday.

Being able to work for a world-renowned network, and make a difference to my local community at the same time is a rare opportunity.”

— Lauren, Trams Engineering Apprentice

How long: 4 Years
Where: London
Salary: £19,268

What you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* – C including Maths and English language or equivalent
  • You must be 18 years of age by 1 September 2019 to be eligible for this scheme

We’re looking for people who:

  • Are highly motivated and proactive
  • Are logical thinkers
  • Relish technical challenges

Job overview

Our engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system. The role of a technician within London Trams is an essential part of what TfL does. It is important as Croydon is a rapidly growing part of London, with much development.

In addition, there is a planned extension to help facilitate the further demand that is anticipated on the Trams network due to the new Westfield development.

Enhanced fast links through East Croydon station into Central London, as well as the proposed Crossrail 2 at Wimbledon will drive even more trips on Trams to connect to these routes.

What will I be doing

Some of the placements you could complete are in Civil Works, Control Room, Track, Fleet, Systems and the Overhead Line.

You could gain insights into the processes that manage disruptions and incidents, highways inspections and the health and safety legislation, track componentry and maintenance work, routine inspections and maintenance of London Trams systems assets. At the end of the first year, you’ll choose an area to specialise in, completing the necessary placements in this field to become an expert.

Where can this career take me

Further career development opportunities include a shift supervisor, asset manager or asset engineer.

Beyond that, opportunities are endless in a large organisation like ours. The current Director of Engineering and Major Projects Director for TfL both started as a technician apprentice’s so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire to senior management positions.


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“I’ve gained a lot of confidence as you get to meet so many new people both inside the business, such as your team and apprentice cohort, and outside the business, like members of the public.

By the time I’ve finished, I hope to have identified my specialism in helping to maintain and improve the Trams network.”