About apprenticeships

Find out more about our apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship offers a great alternative to university or further studies and is a great option for those who want to earn as they learn. It is a real job where apprentices learn, gain a wealth of experience and get paid. They work alongside experienced colleagues and develop job-specific skills.

TfL’s apprenticeships are nationally recognised, and they offer professional qualifications at the completion of a programme. Our apprentices are our employees and they get a range of benefits. Moreover, they can secure a permanent position upon successful completion of their apprenticeship.

Levels and Requirements

We offer a range of different apprenticeships starting from level 2 up to level 7. The majority of our apprenticeships require our apprentices to have 5 GCSEs or equivalent, including in English and Maths. Applicants can be currently studying these qualifications, so long as they have achieved them before they start with us. Higher level apprenticeships tend to have higher entry requirements and certain schemes do have specific requirements. An apprenticeship level is an equivalent to an education level, for example completing apprenticeship level 3 means achieving an equivalent of an A level or BTEC.

Funding rules

Our apprentices don’t pay towards their apprenticeships. We cover all training and qualification costs and apprentices’ salary.

Length

Apprenticeships’ length varies depending on the level. They usually last from 18 months to 5 years. Lower levels, for example 2, 3 and 4 are between 2-3 years, however level 6, given it’s degree apprenticeship, takes a bit longer to complete, around 5 years as apprentices attend university and study towards a degree.

Qualification received

At the end of each programme, our apprentices get professional qualifications. They vary depending on the role, for example, for Civil Engineering level 3 apprenticeship, they’ll achieve a qualification in Civil Engineering Technician. If they are on Finance level 4 apprenticeship, they will gain a qualification in Business Accounting accredited by CIMA or if they do Building Services level 6 apprenticeship, they’ll obtain Building Services Engineering qualification accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Please visit “Our roles” to find out more about qualifications for different apprenticeships.

Learning method

Our apprenticeships offer a structured programme of college work, classroom-based activities and on the job training; all apprentices spend 80% time at work and 20% in education. Some apprenticeships, especially in engineering or London Underground, are more hands-on where apprentices learn a specific skills trade whereas others will involve learning skills that relate to a job, for example accounting or management. Each apprenticeship scheme is unique, some study once a week, others are in blocks, for example Transport Planning. If they study outside of London for several days, we provide accommodation and travel arrangements.

Apprenticeships are also a great chance to develop many soft skills, like communication and influence, team-working, problem solving, time management as well as gain some life experience.  Apprenticeship cohorts are diverse. Not everyone is a young school leaver, some of them are career changers with more work experience so they can all learn from one another and develop different skills.

During the last 3 months of an apprenticeship, once apprentices have met successfully the requirements of the apprenticeship standard, they will complete an End Point Assessment. This is a process to assess that apprentices are fully conversant in the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of them when working at this level and are occupationally competent in their roles. On successful completion of their EPA, they will receive their apprenticeship certificate.

Future prospects

An apprenticeship isn’t just a job, it is a first step in a career opening many doors ahead. In the  short term, upon completion of the programme, apprentices will be given the opportunity to secure a permanent position. Some of them may want to progress onto another apprenticeship for example in Quantity Surveying or some London Underground schemes.

In a long term they can expand on their knowledge and experience. Our apprentices are responsible for shaping their next steps, we’ve included some of the career progression our past apprentices have experienced on each job page. The opportunities are endless and we invest in apprentices’ development because their growth is our growth. For more information what positions they can apply for after their apprenticeship, please visit our site here