Civil Engineering (Highways)

*One candidate, one application*

We can only accept one scheme application per candidate. Applying for more than one scheme could mean that you won't be considered for your preferred choice.

Scheme overview

London's road network carries, by far, the greatest volume of traffic of all transport modes and not just people: it also transports goods, materials and essential services, including the emergency services.

This scheme allows civil engineer apprentices to develop valuable skills, gain a broad range of industry experience and take the first step towards a career in civil engineering.

Scheme length
Two years

Entry requirements

Five A*-C grade GCSEs or certificated equivalent, including maths and English language (essential), science, and ICT (desirable). You must be 16 by 1 September 2016.

Salaries will differ according to the scheme, however, all our schemes offer a competitive package with the minimum London living wage.
This apprenticeship may be a route to:
A Higher National Certificate (HNC), an EngTech qualification, or becoming one of our civil engineers.

This scheme is now closed.

Joining us

Initially, there is a three-day induction based in London which explains everything there is to know about us, the role and where the apprentice fits in. Following that, apprentices begin an intensive development programme which is designed to give your career a real kickstart.

The Civil Engineering apprenticeship is aimed at people who want to be involved in managing the civil engineering and construction projects which are essential to the maintenance and improvement of London's road network.

The programme offers on-the-job training with professional and experienced engineers within a structured programme.


Placements are available across a number of areas within Surface Transport so you could find yourself working in any of the following:

  • Projects & Programmes Directorate PPD
  • Bus Infrastructure
  • Highways network team
  • Structures client/operations
  • Health & Safety
  • LOHAC contract management team
  • Road Space Management

Who we need

We're looking for people with a genuine interest and enthusiasm for civil engineering or construction in the road environment. Because apprentices work with internal teams, local authorities and external contractors, you'll have to be able to communicate people and learn how to positively influence decisions.

Working on large and complex projects demands excellent organisational skills and a passion for problem solving. By the end of the scheme, you'll need to be able to understand and balance the interests of different groups affected by engineering works.

This apprenticeship scheme is a combination of on-the-job experience with industry professionals, and classroom-based learning.

What you get out of it

You'll receive training including:

  • The Valuing People (Fairness & Inclusion ) course
  • CDM 2015 overview
  • Introduction to Pathway
  • Site Safety & Inspection
  • CDM 2015 Principal Designer
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Confined Entry Training


During the scheme apprentices can work towards gaining:

  • A Management NVQ Level 3 NVQ (via QA)
  • A BTEC National Certificate in Civil Engineering (via a day-release programme at the City of Westminster College)
  • Student membership to the Institute of Civil Engineers, which means they can work towards becoming an engineering technician member

Apprentices also receive:

  • At least 29 days annual leave, plus standard public holidays
  • Free travel on our networks (Zones 1-9) with an Oyster card for you and one member of your household
  • A 75% reimbursement on the price of an annual travel ticket outside of our network - plus an interest-free, 10-month loan to pay for it
  • Optional private medical benefit
  • A range of staff retail and leisure discount

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