Rail Apprentice

Thales UK
London Waterloo Station, London (Greater)
Closing date
4 Jan 2022

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Level 3 Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship – Rail Apprentice

Location: London

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through your qualifications, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation?

As a Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) Rail Apprentice you will follow a three-year programme completing work placements across a variety of disciplines, including signalling and telecommunications. You will attend academic and professional training where you will continue to enhance your railway education. During the three years you will achieve the relevant safety accreditation to enable you to work on the railway and will gather experience and evidence to attain relevant competencies.

The Programme

Through our level three apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand rail engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a Rail apprentice you will be working in London within our Ground Transportation Systems business, studying towards a level 3 Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship. The programme will be delivered in partnership with Escalla via a block release delivery model. Training will be delivered at the Escalla training facility at Angel Islington, with approximately 5 study weeks over the first 12 months on programme. At the end of the apprenticeship you will go through an End Point Assessment to ensure occupational competence prior to progressing your career with Thales.

During this three year programme you will undertake various work placements, getting to know and experience Thales systems and learning what it takes to be a Telecomm engineer on the railway. Upon completion of the programme you will move into a permanent role within our Ground Transportation Systems business.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in rail and Thales. This programme is suitable for someone with strong team-working and problem solving skills, and a passion for technology and the rail industry.

You will also need:

•           5 GCSEs grade A-C or Level 5 and above, including Maths, English and a Science subject

•           Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the three year programme

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 04th January 2022, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2022 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 12 months.  As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history.

For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance


Thales UK


Building a future we can all trust.  We’re a leading Engineering and Technology company.


To help create a safer world, we serve five key sectors: Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Digital Identity and Security and Defence and Security.  We have 80,000 employees across 68 countries and 6,500 employees in the United Kingdom.  Thales protects 80% of the world’s banking transactions and secures information systems of 19 of the world’s 20 largest banks. Thales contributes to the transportation of 3 billion passengers across 86 metro lines in 40 of the world’s largest cities.  Our space program Thales Alenia Space has supplied 50% of the pressurised volume of the International Space Station and is the prime contractor for EXOMARS.  Thales equips over 70 Types of Aircraft transports, helicopters, drones etc.)  50 Navies (from submarines to over aircraft carriers) and 50 Land Forces (from infantry to vehicles).


We hire both apprentices and graduates across all sectors of our organisation, from engineering to procurement.  This year we have hired over 80 apprentices and graduates and are committed to providing more opportunities for those leaving education.  We have extensive programmes which can also be rotational, ensuring our employees get an insight to the various sectors of the business and help to shape their career aspirations.


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