Railway Design Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeship Reference: TFLRDE21789
  • Date Posted: 25 October 2023
  • Apprentice Employer: Transport for London
  • Location: London
  • Apprentice Pay: £21,824
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Transport & Logistics, Engineering
  • Apprenticeship Type: Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Training Programme: 3 Years
  • Work Hours: Full Time

About this Apprenticeship

Job overview

Railway Signalling Engineers are responsible for the design and acceptance of new signalling solutions across the underground utilising both legacy and modern types of signalling equipment.

Systems developed by these engineers are responsible for the safe carriage of passengers and the delivery of an efficient and reliable train service.


What you'll need

  • A minimum of 2 GCSEs Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above or equivalent in Maths and English language
  • You must be 18 years old before September 2023 to be eligible for this scheme


What you'll be doing

As an apprentice, your 3-year development programme will be made up of up to 6 to 9 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.


Where: London (there might be some hybrid working involved depending on a placement)

College location will depend on course availability. Currently the only suitable course is being run by Reading. Travel expenses are reimbursed.


Where can this career take me?

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into the signalling design team. Within the team, you'll be designing modifications to the existing signalling arrangements and contributing to the introduction of new signalling system.

This role could lead to further career development opportunities such as signalling design engineer or a role in signalling testing and commissioning.

The activities undertaken as a Railway Signalling Engineering Design Apprentice will also stand you in good stead, if you wish to become licensed with the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE).


Application process

There are three stages:

  1. Online application: It's where you enter your personal details and select the programme you want to apply for.
  2. Online test: This test helps us (and you) to identify your key strengths and understand if they align to our strengths and values.
  3. Assessment centre: It varies by role but will include an interview, a group task or a presentation. We'll provide more details nearer the assessment centre date, so you have time to prepare.