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London Underground Signals Engineering Apprentice

Job Title: London Underground Signals Engineering Apprentice
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 030881
Job Published: July 29, 2019 12:33

Job Description

London Underground Signals Engineering Apprenticeship 030881
Organisation - HR
Job - Crossrail Maintenance
Position Type - Full Time
Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Apprenticeship schemes per year, as a result if you have applied for one of our schemes in the early months of this year you will not be eligible to apply for this one.


Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn.


London Underground Signals Engineering Apprenticeship –  (Level 3)

Apprenticeship Standard:  Railway Engineering Technician

Duration: 3 years

Location: London

Salary: From £19,268

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 Signals 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?

Signals 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.  Within signals we have; a maintenance department that are responsible for maintaining all signalling assets, a works department who are responsible for delivering projects and new installations, an incident department who are responsible for getting the signalling systems up and running when signal failures occur, a technical delivery department who are responsible for driving new ideas and optimising our current systems and an engineering department.  

London Underground’s Signals Department covers the entire Underground Network, from zone 1 all the way out to Zone 9.  Our focus is on delivering a safe and reliable network for our customers.  With many interchanges and pressure on our network to be constantly “on”, ensuring our lines are running safely and to capacity is the responsibility of our signalling engineers.

Advancements in technology are making this role increasingly interesting, you’ll be working on one of the world’s oldest transport networks rolling out the most advanced technology, a truly unique opportunity. You may choose to specialise in design, construction or maintenance as your careers progresses.

What do we look for?

Our 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 Head of Signals, 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.