The Escalator Mechanical Services team provide the vital transportation link within stations for our passengers.
How long: 3 years
What you’ll need:
- 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English language.
- To be 18 years of age by start date
- You will not be eligible if hold a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering or a Level 3 NVQ Certificate or Diploma in any Engineering discipline
We’re looking for people who are:
- Analytical and logical thinkers
- Continuing learners
- Keen to build upon and learn excellent communication, planning, organisation and time management skills
London Underground plays an essential role in our city’s development. Our network covers 253 miles, serving 275 stations and carries 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?
Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from experienced and qualified staff through various placements across the organisation to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning.
Keeping London Moving isn’t just about trains. The Escalator Mechanical Services team provide the vital transportation link within stations, providing passengers with safe and efficient movement between different levels whether they are changing lines, exiting or accessing one of our iconic stations. Most recently, over 1 mile of escalators have been built to facilitate the movement of passengers on just the Elizabeth Line! As a London Underground Escalator Apprentice, you will undertake regular placements at many of our stations across London. Here, you will work alongside our highly skilled escalator engineers, learning how our wide range of assets work. London Underground’s escalators must operate for more than 20 hours a day, 364 days per year, providing high levels of availability and reliability for at least 20 years; a raised level of technical competence is required to maintain it. Under constant supervision, and working as part of a team, you will learn and become proficient in both mechanical and electrical skills enabling you to help contribute to the maintenance and fault repair of this pivotal function ensuring that an effective, efficient service remains continuous for London.
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 remain as a hands-on engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of Apprentices, or develop your skills in project management or leading a team of your own.
We also have a number of directors who started their career journeys as an apprentice for London Underground, so it can be seen that apprentices can eventually aspire to senior management positions.