LU Track – Rail Engineering Technician (Level 2)

Be part of our track teams within London Underground working to ensure the reliability and safety of passengers.

‘Track is an ever evolving asset and I enjoy looking at new innovations and how they can improve the ways in which we build, maintain and inspect our Track Assets ‘
— Mick, Track Competence Assurance Manager

This scheme is now closed for applications

How long: 2 years
Where:  London
Salary: From £19,815

What you’ll need

  • 4 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English language.
  • To be 18 years old by 10 January 2022

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
  • Active
  • Enjoys working outside
  • Keen to build upon and learn excellent communication, planning, organisation and time management skills

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 so as to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning.

Track Operative

Keeping London Moving isn’t just about trains, and with our train’s travelling more than 70 million km per year, the condition of our track is of pivotal importance. The various track teams within London Underground work to ensure the reliability and safety of passengers from managing and optimising rail defects, processing data collected from passenger trains to develop and implement improvements as well as the everyday cleaning, lubricating, maintaining, renewing and upgrading this vital asset across all lines.

As a London Underground Track Apprentice you will undertake regular placements across the network. Here, you will work alongside our highly skilled track engineers, learning how to maintain a key asset without which London Underground could not operate. London Underground’s track has to carry hundreds of trains over more than 402km across our entire network for 364 days per year. Under constant supervision, and working as part of a team, you will learn and become proficient in the essential track maintenance skillset, 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 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 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 within the vast scope of track maintenance and renewals.

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.

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.


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