London Underground Rail Engineering Workshops - Level 3

Fun Fact

Since it opened in 1922, the Railway Engineering Workshop (REW) has historically been responsible for, or involved with, every major overhaul on the London Underground. There is only one REW in existence at London Underground and its function cannot be replicated anywhere else on the network! If successful, you could become part of the multi-skilled teams of engineers known for their particular standard of operational excellence. 




Acton - London


3.5 years

What you'll need

  • You should already hold or be working towards a minimum of 2 GCSE's Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above, including Maths (or equivalents). Applicants with an English Language GCSE at Grade D or Grade 3 will be eligible to apply but will be expected to achieve a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English Language by the end of their apprenticeship.    
  • You must be 18 years old by 13th January 2025 to be eligible for this scheme. 
  • You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level in a related subject or have already studied content from the qualification for this scheme. 
  • Please note that you will be required to provide original certificates and/or predicted grades as proof for your eligibility checks. 

Job overview

Our Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system.  

The role of a London Underground engineering apprentice is critical to ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of our tube network. The technological advancements we are seeing in our trains and operating infrastructure mean that we need to adapt the way we maintain our assets to keep them operating at peak performance. You will be at the forefront of these developments whilst also keeping a watchful eye on our legacy assets across the network. 

What you'll be doing

As an REW apprentice, your 3.5-year development programme will be made up of various specialised engineering sections and departments, all based in West London (Acton), including electrical, electronic, mechanical and the Train Modification Unit. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone's career is different, so every apprentice's journey is unique. Here is an idea of what yours could look like: 

REW Apprentices will spend year 1 in block release at college in the Enfield area, interspersed with targeted safety training courses and placements around the workshops to familiarise them with their future working environment. REW apprentices will also spend some part of year 2 back in block release at college with placements around their schedule. The remainder of the apprenticeship will follow a placement plan, designed, and managed by their Apprenticeship Development Manager, which will ensure maximum exposure to the skills and knowledge that they need based in Acton, West London. 

Where this career can take you

On successful completion of this scheme, you could move into the role of Electrical / Mechanical Fitter.

This role could lead to further career development opportunities such as:

  • Team Leader
  • Production Manager
  • Operational Manager

You'll also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training to technical skills training.