London Underground Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

TfL (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Annual wage £19,941.00
35.0 hours per week The apprenticeship scheme will involve working flexible hours, early, late, nights and weekend shifts. Days and hours TBC
42 months (duration)
5 April 2021(start date)
2 positions available
7 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

London Underground plays an essential role in our city’s development. Our network covers 253 miles, serving 275 stations and carriers more than five million passengers per day. The role of a London Underground engineering apprentice is critical to ensuring the ongoing performance and safety of our tube network.


What will I be doing?

Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from experienced and qualified staff through various placements across the organisation, to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

London Underground’s network covers a vast area from zones 1-9 and 11 different lines. Non-Destructive testing is utilised across the TfL estate of vehicles and station assets to ensure that they are safe to run in passenger service. 

The role is customer focused and will involve working independently, whilst being part of a team, with the job holder expected to make decisions as to the outcome of NDT inspections on pan TfL assets including rolling stock and lifts and escalator assets.

Advancements in technology are making this role increasingly interesting, you’ll be working on one of the world’s oldest transport networks rolling out the most advanced technology, a truly unique opportunity.

Future Prospects

This apprenticeship is just the start of your career, the roles and opportunities available to you are endless. Many of our apprentices progress after a number of years into Managerial positions.  Alternatively, you may want to remain as a practical engineer, growing in knowledge and experience and passing on your skills to the next generation of Apprentices.

The current Director of Engineering and Managing Director for London Underground for TfL both started as technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire eventually to senior management positions.

What will you be employed to do once you have completed the apprenticeship.

You’ll be employed as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician in the NDT section working pan TfL but primarily in a maintenance depot or installation/works depot or stations.

The maintenance depots undertake scheduled routine maintenance of all rolling stock. This maintenance will entail performing NDT tests in accordance with fracture maps produced for the various rolling stock fleets utilised on the Tube. Additionally, testing of escalator step frames and shafts is carried out as part of routine annual maintenance. The results from the NDT inspections are used to determine whether assets are safe to run in passenger service and are also used to determine crack propagation rates and hence inspection intervals.

Reality Check

Wage to be reviewed when London living wage is announced.

You must turn 18 years of age by 1st October 2021 to be eligible for this scheme.

Final stage assessments for this role are likely to take place in early January 2021.

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

Skills Required

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:

  • Analytical and logical thinkers
  • Continuing learners
  • Creative and innovative

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.

Qualities Required

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.

Qualifications Required

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A*-C or Grade 9-4, equivalent and above, including maths and English Language.

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.

Applicants holding the following will not be eligible to apply:

  • Level 2 industry recognised NDT certificate (or above)

Training Provided

Training provider to be confirmed.

Advanced Non-Destructive Testing Enigeering Technician Standard.

You’ll have an Apprenticeship Development Manager who will act as your line manager and be responsible for ensuring that the design and delivery of the Apprenticeship is fit for purpose. They will help secure the right placements for you and support you in your professional development. You’ll also have a mentor that’ll support and guide you sharing their knowledge and expertise.

You’ll also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training to technical skills training.

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About the employer

From the famous red buses and black cabs to the Tube, TfL is responsible for virtually every mode of transport in the city.

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