Building Services Engineering Apprenticeship

Transport for London
197, Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ
£22,938.00 annually
18 Feb 2021
13 Mar 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
The Building Services Engineering discipline covers the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of E&M assets serving buildings of different types within the TfL infrastructure. E&M assets include, lighting, low voltage, lightning protection, domestic water, gas, heating, air conditioning and ventilation sub-assets. These assets which are located within a range of places such as; tube/rail stations, railway line side equipment rooms, railway depots, control centres/rooms, road lighting infrastructure and road tunnels are essential to the operation of the TfL tube, rail & road infrastructure.

As an apprentice, your five-year development programme will be made up of up of several six-month placement rotations spread across all elements of the TfL infrastructure. 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 - London Underground Renewals & Enhancement - Renewals Programme (Six months) - You will become familiar with the development of technical scopes, design preparation and installation/commissioning support for small scale local infrastructure performance renewals on London Underground stations & associated infrastructure. These small-scale projects could include platform re-lighting, asset resilience/strengthening and minor station refurbishments, substation ventilation strengthening and tunnel ventilation fan upgrade works.

Placement 2 - Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Beckton depot (Six months) - You will support the development of technical scopes for the DLR infrastructure. You will have the opportunity to support in the supervision of external design and installation. You will also be involved in commissioning support for medium scale performance improvements on the DLR system.

Year 2:

Placement 3 - London Underground Renewals & Enhancement - Enhancements Programme (Six months) You will focus on refining your understanding of the technical scopes development and preparation of designs for projects on London Underground medium scale stations infrastructure. This will include preparing designs and installing or commissioning support for medium scale infrastructure performance enhancements. You will gain experience improving e.g. new station ticket halls, upgraded retail provisions in stations, substation ventilation and mid tunnel ventilation fans.

Placement 4 - Commercial development property development Programme (Six months) You will be further refining your understanding of the technical scopes development and preparation of designs for a varying range of commercial development projects, in particular provision of retail units across the TfL estate.

Year 3:

Placement 5 - Road/street lighting infrastructure (Six months) You will have an opportunity to work on design preparation and installation of TfL's street and road lighting infrastructure, focusing on performance improvements. You will be required to provide support for commissioning of these infrastructure improvements where necessary.

Placement 6 - Piccadilly Line Upgrade programme (Six months) - You will assist in the preparation of technical work scopes or designs for major tube line capacity upgrade works. There will be particular emphasis on design assurance, albeit with some design development for early lifecycle stage project. You will be involved in installation and commission support for provision of new line service control centres, equipment rooms and power infrastructure. You will also be involved in station air velocity mitigations & cooling upgrade works.

Each placement has set learning objectives which will support you in achieving the qualifications required for your apprenticeship. At the end of the 3rd year, you will choose to specialise in either the Electrical or Mechanical sub-discipline, with university modules selected to match this decision. The remainder of the scheme placements will support you in fine tuning the specialist knowledge of your chosen area. Your further placements could then involve working on aspects of projects such as London Underground Depots, Deep Tube Upgrade or the TfL Surface Tunnel Investment Programme.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We're looking for potential in all of our apprentices. We are looking for somebody who can demonstrate our behaviours which are Active, Accountable, Direct, Fair and Consistent and Collaborative.

Personal qualities

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:
  • Relish a challenge
  • Are highly motivated
  • Promote a safety conscious culture

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.

Desired qualifications

A minimum of 5 GCSE's A*-C or Grade 9-4and above including maths and English Language (or equivalent) plus 3 A Levels A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths & Chemistry/Physics.

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.

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into a Band 2 Engineer position in one of our E&M sub-teams. From here, you could have the opportunity to continue developing into one of our resident technical discipline experts, an experienced Senior Project Engineer or even a Senior Manager. The current Director of Engineering and the Major Projects Director for TfL both started their careers as technician apprentices demonstrating that our apprentices can aspire to senior management positions or anything else in between.

The qualification you will earn is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Things to consider

You must be 18 years of age by 6th September 2021 or over to be eligible for this scheme due to Health and Safety requirements.

Reward and benefits

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:
  • Travel concessions - Oyster card covering zones 1-6 (covering London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink and London's bus services displaying a red roundel)
  • 29 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
  • 75% reimbursement of annual standard class season ticket loans if you use National Rail services to travel to and from work
  • Discounted Eurostar travel
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle2work scheme - tax efficient savings to reduce tax and National Insurance if you cycle to work

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