Traffic Infrastructure

*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

Traffic Infrastructure develop and install the latest traffic control technology. This ensures London's road network runs smoothly and efficiently. This scheme enables apprentices to develop valuable skills, gain a broad range of industry experience and take their first step towards a career in engineering.

Scheme length
Two to four years, depending on progression route

Entry requirements
Five A*-C grade GCSEs or certificated equivalent, including maths and English language (essential) science and ICT (desirable). You must be 18 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:
Trainee traffic control engineering (TTCE) in the Signals Delivery, Performance & Maintenance, and Equipment Delivery sections


This scheme is now closed.

Joining us

Initially, you will have a three-day induction  in London), which tells you all you need to know about us, your role and where you fit in. Following that, you'll begin an intensive development programme, designed to give your career a real kickstart.

This will be the start of two to four years of challenging work and continuous development. This is designed to mould you into a fully-fledged traffic infrastructure engineer and give you the skills and experience you'll need for a career with us. As soon as you've successfully completed the apprenticeship, you may be retained within the organisation as a traffic infrastructure traffic control engineer (TCE).

Placements are available within the four sections of Traffic Infrastructure, namely:

  • Equipment Delivery
  • Performance & Maintenance
  • Signals Delivery
  • Technology

As a traffic control systems apprentice we expect that you will spend the majority of your time within Signals Delivery; the traffic equipment installation apprentices within Equipment Delivery; and the traffic maintenance engineer apprentices within Performance & Maintenance. However, there will be significant overlap and the opportunity to work in several teams.

By working within these section teams (and potentially other areas in Surface Transport's Asset Management Directorate), you'll get real-world experience of current projects and developments in traffic control technology.


Training involves more than hands-on maintenance. Much of the job involves making sure that high quality installation and maintenance work is delivered by contractors. This requires the apprentice to monitor the performance of traffic light systems and investigating complex failures, or helping to manage projects to maintain systems and install new equipment.

This programme is for apprentices who want a career in the maintenance of electronic engineering systems. We manage over 6,000 sets of traffic signals and other traffic-related equipment across London which is used by millions of people a day. On this apprenticeship, you'll become part of the team which makes sure these signals are working to keep London moving.

You'll get a chance to develop skills in project management, and the technical delivery of mechanical and electrical engineering projects: work that is essential to the installation, maintenance and modernisation of London's traffic control systems.

There are three routes into this area: traffic control systems, traffic equipment and installation, and traffic maintenance - please make sure you apply for the right area. There is a drop-down box on the application form featuring the titles of these different areas. Please read the form carefully before applying to your chosen area.

Traffic control systems

A predominately office-based role, you'll learn to design, implement and commission traffic signal schemes on designated highway areas inside Greater London.You'll also have the opportunity to deliver a variety of Automatic Traffic Signals (ATS) traffic signal schemes and work closely with world experts as you develop your understanding of traffic signal theory. This puts apprentices at the forefront of delivering leading technologies in traffic infrastructure.

Traffic equipment installation

This programme focuses on the management of mechanical and electrical engineering projects, which are essential to the maintenance and improvement of London's traffic control systems. You'll take part in a structured training programme, working in anything from CCTV, and Variable Message Signs to Internet Protocol, and Communications Networks.

Traffic maintenance

If you are looking for a career in the maintenance of electronic engineering systems, this particular scheme is for you. We manage over 6,000 sets of traffic signals and other traffic-related equipment across London, which is used by over seven million people a day. During this scheme you'll become part of the team which ensures these signals are working to keep London moving.

Who we need

Whether it's working with internal teams, liaising with external suppliers, or getting involved in large, complex projects, you'll need to:

  • Demonstrate an interest in mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Communicate well with all kinds of people and be capable of influencing decisions
  • Show excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Understand and balance the interests of different groups affected by engineering works

As a traffic infrastructure apprentice you'll have the opportunity to develop on-the-job experience with the full support of world-leading industry professionals, and thorough classroom-based learning. The challenges we'll set will push you to achieve things you can genuinely be proud of.

What you get out of it

Apprentices gain a broad range of electronic engineering skills and experience, and learn about modern control technology.

Other training

This also offers a structured training programme working in areas such as:

  • Automatic Traffic Signals (ATS)
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Variable Message Signs (VMS)
  • Internet Protocol (IP)
  • Communications Networks
  • Traffic Safety Cameras
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras (ANPR)
  • Overheight Vehicle Detectors (OVD)

Qualifications gained


  • EAL Level 3 Extended NVQ Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • EAL Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Leadership

BTEC: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

If you progress via the four-year apprenticeship route you will gain:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • (And/or) a Person BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT ) provide the academic qualifications.

The HNC/HND is further learning and not part of the formal apprenticeship learning. As such, the training provider is adaptable to the location of the apprentice).

When you become one of our apprentices you'll 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
  • Pension scheme membership
  • Optional private medical benefit
  • A range of staff retail and leisure discounts
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