Apprenticeship level:3
Approximate scheme length: 3 years
Location: London
Salary: Start from £18,624
Eligibility criteria:
5 GCSE's A*-C (or equivalent) including maths and English language. You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a Level 4, 5, 6, 7, HND/C or degree qualification. You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level (level 3) in a related subject and content from the qualification of this scheme. You must be 17 years of age by 1 September 2018 to be eligible for this scheme.

What will I be doing?

The work will vary from placement to placement but will be specific to particular disciplines. You will work with a team of qualified and licensed engineers, who will provide oversight and guidance throughout your programme, teach you the skills required for the role and most of all, share their extensive knowledge and experience. The work will be split between practical work (competence) and theory (knowledge) throughout the programme and you'll be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your growing competence and understanding.

What will the programme involve?

You'll follow an extensive training programme with a combination of classroom, practical and on the job learning, honing the skills required to become a fully rounded, competent rail engineering technician. You'll learn the core skills needed to work safely on our network and gain a foundation in aspects of rail engineering.

Depending upon business priorities, you could stream into any of the specific disciplines below, covering routine maintenance, renewals and testing and commissioning activities.

  • Power
  • Signalling
  • Track
  • Mechanical and electrical

What training and support will I get?

For the duration of the scheme you'll have a business sponsor that is responsible for the design and delivery of the apprenticeship scheme. 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. Finally you can expect to have a buddy, either a previous apprentice or graduate from this scheme. Your buddy can answer any day to day questions you have and share their experiences with you.

During the scheme you'll not only complete the qualification but also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training to technical skills training. Your sponsors and placement managers will ensure you attend all the relevant training to support you in your role.

What do we look for?

You will be highly motivated and proactive, with a passion for engineering. If you're a logical thinker with a strong ability to problem solve to tackle technical challenges then this scheme is the perfect way to kick start your career.

Where can this career take me?

The apprenticeship scheme is just the start of your career. On completion of the scheme you could join the Elizabeth line maintenance team. There are various progression routes ranging from supervisory roles, project management, site management, surveying and site engineering.

The current Director of Engineering and Major Projects Director for TfL both started as technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire eventually to senior management positions. You may however want to remain as a hands-on engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of apprentices.

Contacting us

If at any time you need to speak to anyone within the recruitment team then please contact us Monday to Friday between 08:30 and 17:30 on 0333 0062939 (Option 1) or alternatively email us at