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Vehicles Engineering

Transport for London
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
7 Apr 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
24 months+

As an apprentice, your 4-year development programme will be made up of up to 15 placement rotations.  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’s an idea of what yours could look like: 


Year 1 


Placement 1 - Rolling Stock Depot - 2-4 months  


Maintenance improvements, Modifications and Service Delivery 


 Placement 2 - Technical Services - 2-4 months  


Train Testing, Environmental Testing, Audio Visual Testing 


Placement 3 - Projects – 2-4 months  


Engineer’s Trains, New Trams, Hydrogen powered buses 


Year 2 


Placement 1 - Docklands Light Railway – 2-4 months  


New train introduction, Contract Management 


Placement 2 - Croydon Trams – 2-4 months  


New tram introduction, Contract Management 


Placement 3 – London Buses – 2-4 months 


Client Role, Safety & Reliability reviews 


There is flexibility for apprentices to tailor their scheme.  This can be agreed between you and your scheme sponsor - some placements are compulsory, and some are optional. This opportunity usually arises in Years 3 & 4. 


Where can this career take me? 


Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into several different areas within our team depending on your personal aspirations and business need, such as a rolling stock/trams engineer, working within the design areas, reliability engineering or train testing. Progression to a Senior Engineer would normally be expected within a five-year timeframe. 


This is a Level 4 Apprenticeship. On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions. 


What training and support will you get? 


You will be working towards a Level 4 qualification in Vehicles Engineering. 


Typically, you will be required to attend college for five weeks in weekly blocks. 


Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements.  We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities, and structured networking opportunities. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a more experienced apprentice from the scheme.


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