London Underground Signals - Level 3






4 years

What you'll need

  • You should already hold or be working towards a minimum of 2 GCSE's A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English language.  
  • 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. 
  • You must be 18 by 13th January 2025 to be eligible for this scheme.  

Job overview

The Signals department at London Underground is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of track, signalling and control, and information systems across all lines of the London Underground network. 

Our highly skilled and experienced signals maintenance teams provide a 24-hour 365 service of emergency call-out, maintenance and fault rectification and ensure that safe signalling systems are always in operation on the London underground system. 

Preventative and corrective maintenance is undertaken safely in accordance with the requirements of our 24-hour business whilst the incident team is responsible for real time management of incidents occurring on the railway which require that the root cause of each fault is identified and resolved to keep London moving. 

Since 1863, we've used signals on London Underground to keep our passengers safe and the trains running on time. We're currently upgrading our signalling systems across the network so now is an exciting time to join us! 

"I'd recommend this apprenticeship scheme to anyone who is looking for a good working environment, personal skillset development, rewards for hard work and a long-term career."

What you'll be doing

As one of the busiest metro systems in the world, London Underground's network includes 11 different lines, 272 stations and carries over 1 billion customers a year. A reliable signalling system is pivotal to making sure that our lines are running safely and at full capacity. 

As a signals apprentice you will be following a structured training programme that, if successfully completed, can springboard you into a lifelong career as part of our signals department. Our combined programme of level 3 apprenticeship training and advanced signalling courses are designed to prepare you for a career as a Technical Officer in the signalling department. 

You will gain your basic engineering skills at college at the beginning of your scheme before being placed with highly skilled signals teams across every underground line to learn your trade. You will be required to work nights on work experience placements to gain the essential exposure needed to underpin your growing knowledge, skills, and behaviours as a signalling engineer. 

You will need to achieve your level 3 apprenticeship and complete and pass all mandatory advanced signals courses to qualify as a Technical Officer.  If you are successful at completing these, you will be offered the opportunity to interview for a job as a Technical Officer. Once you become a Technical Officer, you'll be supported to gain the appropriate licences that will allow you to become a member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE). 

Where this career can take you

During your apprenticeship, your professional and personal development will be monitored and observed. Full and comprehensive support will be available to ensure you are developing to the correct and required standards and, if you successfully complete the apprenticeship, your career within our signals department will have only just begun.

From Technical Officer your career can lead to Signals Maintenance Manager, Signal Infrastructure Manager or even Head of Signals!

Many of our current signals senior management team began their career with this very apprenticeship and have worked their way up to executive level - your future will be yours to build!