London Underground Engineering Vehicles Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship

LU Engineering Vehicles Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship 045047


 - HR


Position Type - Full Time


Thank you for your interest in applying for this TfL Apprenticeship Scheme. 


The application will contain a series of questions to establish your eligibility. Please read through the eligibility criteria below carefully and ensure that you are eligible before applying. 


It is important that youtake great carein reading and answering these questions aswe will not be able to revert your application if an error is made. 


Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Apprenticeship scheme per year. Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn. 





You will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow:

  • Free travel on the TfL network for you and a nominee who lives in the same household. 
  • Discounted national rail and Eurostar travel.  
  • Minimum 29 days annual leave (pro rata dependent on role) plus public and bank holidays  
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme   
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers & many more. 





London Underground Engineering Vehicles Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprentice Standard : Railway Engineering Technician  

What Qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)

Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)



3 years


Fun Fact / Quote / Things to consider / What makes us different?

At Engineering Vehicles, you will be work on 220 assets cross 27 different types. Which are used to support the maintenance and service of 1,050km of track supporting 1.4bn journeys a year.


 Entry requirements 

  • You should already hold or be working towards a minimum of 2 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above, including Maths (or equivalents). Applicants with an English Language GCSE at Grade D or Grade 3 will be eligible to apply but will be expected to achieve a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English Language by the end of their apprenticeship.    
  •  You must be 18 years old by 13th January 2025 to be eligible for this scheme. 
  •  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.  
  • Please note that you will be required to provide original certificates and/or predicted grades as proof for your eligibility checks. 


Please be advised that should you be successful in getting an offer for this apprenticeship scheme, your offer will be subject to a satisfactory medical which may include but is not limited to: drugs and alcohol screening, hearing test and eyesight tests including Ishihara Plates and Colour Assessment and Diagnosis tests to determine colour deficiency. 


Proposed start date 

9th September 2024 


Job overview

Our Engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our transport system.  Working on multiple engineering mechanised rolling stock. From diesel plant to battery locomotives supporting the critical work that happens across the network. You will be trained in engineering principles in mechanical and electrical.


What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, your 3 year development programme will be made placement rotations and training. 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


The first year is settling into London Underground. You will spend the first 3 months at our partner college in Enfield working on the fundamental engineering principles. You will then receive all the safety training and licencing to safely work on. After you have had all the safety training you start to be shadow the training maintainers at Ruislip Transplant depot rotating around the teams.

This is the time you will start to work on gathering knowledge for your qualifications. Also returning to college for short stints to achieve key engineering principal units. The qualifications are made up of knowledge questions and evidence of the work you have done.


Year 2


Your second year will be where you get hands on in the business learning from experienced train maintainers from focusing mainly at Ruislip on the engineering vehicles. However there will be the opportunity for short placements on passage train depots across the network and the Railway Engineering Workshop. You will be expected to follow teams building up your confidence and practical knowledge.


As you continue on college block release for knowledge and on the job, competency building this is a critical time to evidence and submit a large portion of your qualifications.


Year 3


With the fundamentals of engineering and the hands-on practical experience your final year is where you continue rotating around placements while completing your qualifications. At the end you will present your best work to an external engineering institute to give final sign off that you are a competent rolling stock engineering.


Where can this career take me?


·        Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into a Train maintainer position which could lead to further career development opportunities such as an Advanced Train Maintainer or Team leader positions.   


·        At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be at an Engineering Technician professional standard while there is no requirement this can be built upon to achieve Chartership status in the future.


What training and support will you get?


You will be working towards a Level 3 qualification in Railway Engineering Technician (Rolling stock)

You will be required to attend Conel college on block release ranging from 5 weeks to 3 months.


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. 


What do we look for?


Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. 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;


·        Proactive

·        Analytical Thinker

·        Willingness to learn


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


Our core values are extremely important to us, and we desire candidates who are: 

  • Caring about our colleagues, our customers, and our work 
  • Open to each other, to new ideas and to working together. 
  • Adaptable to diverse needs and willing to innovate. 


Important Information

·        The apprenticeship scheme will involve working shift hours to include early, late, night and weekend shifts.

·        This apprentice is based at Ruislip depot. With short stretch placements in other London locations.

·        College is currently in Enfield



Assessment Process  

You will receive support and information around each assessment stage as you progress through your application. 

 Advanced Apprenticeship
 Published on 16-02-2024
 Deadline NA