London Underground Engineering – Fleet (Level 3)

Become a Fleet Apprentice and undertake regular placements at our train care depots across London.

Applications for this role are due to open in July 2021


How long: 3 years
Where: London
Salary: From £21,250
Scheme begins: 10 January 2022

‘My role in Fleet Engineering is very hands on. I work with a variety of teams within depots where I undertake tasks that could range from fault finding to fitting and replacing components on the trains. Everything has a VMI (process instruction) that is created for someone who has never completed the task before.
Although all the courses we do help us to learn and progress, the best way to learn is to do. I have had the opportunity to do that in every depot where I learn from mistakes.’
— Laura, London Underground Fleet Apprentice

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

Our talented apprentices form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who are;

  • Analytical and logical thinkers
  • Continuing learners
  • Diligent

As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value.  If you’re excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London, then this is the career path for you.

What you will 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.

 As a London Underground Fleet Apprentice, you will undertake regular placements at our train care depots across London. Here, after receiving high quality classroom and on the job training from our fleet dedicated trainers, you will work alongside skilled train maintainers and engineers, learning how our varied train systems operate. London Undergrounds rolling stock has long since ceased to be ‘clunk click’ and is now a highly sophisticated piece of equipment requiring a raised level of technical competence 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 our varied rolling stock, ensuring a fast turn around and playing your part in keeping London moving.

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.

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.

What training and support will you get

You’ll have an Apprenticeship Development Manager who will act as your line manager and be responsible for ensuring that the design and delivery of the Apprenticeship is fit for purpose. They will help secure the right placements for you and support you in your professional development. You’ll also have a mentor that’ll support and guide you sharing their knowledge and expertise.

We also have an established Graduate and Apprentice Committee as well as an Alumni group, these groups are powerful networks in developing your understanding of the organisation, different apprenticeship schemes and opportunities to develop your career. Many current graduates and apprentices believe this to be a powerful support network and they often hold apprentice only events that are very beneficial to your continued learning.

You’ll also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training to technical skills training.


Register your interest in this scheme


‘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