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London Underground Fleet Engineering Apprenticeship

Job Title: London Underground Fleet Engineering Apprenticeship
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 029873a
Job Published: July 08, 2019 14:28

Job Description

London Underground Fleet Engineering Apprenticeship 029873
Organisation - HR
Job - LU Engineering
Position Type - Full Time
London Underground Fleet Engineering Scheme


Level 3

Apprenticeship Standard:  Railway Engineering Technician

Duration: 3 years

Scheme begins: February 2020

Location: London

Salary: From £19,267


London Underground plays an essential role in our city’s development. Our network covers 253 miles, serving 275 stations and carriers more than five million passengers per day.


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’ll be at the forefront of these developments whilst also keeping a watchful eye on our legacy assets across the network.


What will I be doing?

Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from experienced and qualified staff through various placements across the organisation so as to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning.



As a London Underground Fleet Apprentice you will undertake regular placements at our train care depots across London. Here, after receiving high quality classroom and on the job training from our fleet dedicated trainers, you will work alongside skilled train maintainers and engineers, learning how our varied train systems operate. London Undergrounds rolling stock has long since ceased to be ‘clunk click’ and is now a highly sophisticated piece of equipment requiring a raised level of technical competence to maintain it. Under constant supervision, and working as part of a team, you will learn and become proficient in both mechanical and electrical skills enabling you to help contribute to the maintenance and fault repair of our varied rolling stock, ensuring a fast turn around and playing your part in keeping London moving.


What do we look for?

Our talented apprentices form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who are;


·         Analytical and logical thinkers

·         Continuing learners

·         Creative and innovative


As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value.  If you’re excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London then this is the career path for you.


Where can this career take me?

This apprenticeship is just the start of your career, the roles and opportunities available to you are endless. You may want to progress onto an Apprenticeship at a higher level , or you may want to move into a Team Leader, Depot Manager or Operational Manager role. Alternatively, you may want to remain as a hands-on engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of Apprentices.


The current Director of Engineering and Managing Director for London Underground for TfL both started as technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire eventually to senior management positions.


What training and support will you get?

You’ll have an Apprenticeship Development Manager who will act as your line manager and be responsible for ensuring that the design and delivery of the Apprenticeship is fit for purpose. 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.


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


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above, 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.


You must be 17 years of age by 1st February 2020 to be eligible for this scheme.


Meet our apprentice

‘My role in Fleet Engineering is very hands on. I work with a variety of teams within depots where I undertake tasks that could range from fault finding to fitting and replacing components on the trains. Everything has a VMI (process instruction) that is created for someone who has never completed the task before.


Although all the courses we do help us to learn and progress, the best way to learn is to do. I have had the opportunity to do that in every depot where I learn from mistakes.


The opportunities offered within the role are endless. I am inspired by speaking to people who work in depots who started as apprentices and are now in more senior roles.’


Laura, London Underground Fleet Apprentice

If Fleet Engineering isn’t quite what you’re looking for, we also have opportunities available in Signals, Power, Lifts & Escalators and Track. If you’re interested in applying for any of these London Underground apprenticeship roles that start in September 2019, please click here for more information.