Project Controls Apprenticeship - TFL - Advanced (Level 3)

Training Provider:

Transport For London

£19,663 (to be reviewed when London living wage is announced)
40.0 hours per week
duration: 3 Years
start: 1 September 2020
SE10 0ES
Advanced (Level 3)
Project controls technician (apprenticeship standard)
10 positions available
30 April 2020 (application closing date)


Apprenticeship Framework/Standard
Project Controls Technician

3 years



£19,663 (to be reviewed when London living wage is announced)

Job Overview

Investment projects that maintain and expand TfL’s transport network are integral in ensuring that the service can continue to deliver its world class service with the anticipated increase in passengers over the coming years. Our Project Controls team are responsible for monitoring and systematically analysing progress and performance data on a variety of these projects and new initiatives. Your role will help drive efficiency and ensure that we are delivering value for money, whilst developing expertise in estimating, planning, scheduling and cost engineering as well as gaining experience in a large complex organisation.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be learning from industry-leading professionals, working with teams that directly manage the supply chain to deliver work that is reliable, timely and cost-effective. You’ll gain experience on capital investment projects, asset maintenance and operations. By the end of the scheme you will be skilled in a variety of controls areas which are transferrable to a dynamic and highly rewarding career.

As an apprentice, your 3 year development programme will be made up of to 6 placement rotations which will develop your understanding of the different aspects that make up Project Controls as a business function. Alongside this, you'll be studying for the Level 3 Diploma in Project Control Practice, as well as a foundation certificate in Project Management and professional training in site safety.

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 and ambitions are different, so every apprentice’s journey with us is unique.

Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

Year 1

Placement 1 – Deep Tube Upgrade Programme – 6 months

Developing expertise in estimating costs for each element of the project to ensure that the project stays within budget

Placement 2 – Four Lines Modernisation – 6 months

Monitoring and systematically analysing progress and performance data on the projects, to ensure that project stays on track

Year 2

Placement 1 – Project & Programme Directorate – 6 months

Creating insightful reports to allow the Project Manager make informed decisions, and assisting with change requests on projects

Placement 2 – Bakerloo Line Extension – 6 months

Gathering information from a variety of stakeholders to assist with cost engineering for the project

Year 3

Placement 1 – Major Stations – 6 months

Working with the Planner to create a robust and accurate schedule to ensure that the project runs to plan

Placement 2 – Renewals & Enhancements – 6 months

Supporting the management of risk to the projects, to ensure that risks and opportunities are identified

What will the scheme involve?

You’ll complete 6 six-month placements working in a broad range of diverse business areas. These could include London Underground, Surface Transport and buses, Crossrail and pedestrian and river boat services.

You will learn a variety of skills including how to create a robust and accurate schedule, how to estimate costs for each element of the project, what factors need to be considered to prevent risks and how to use your good interpersonal skills to ensure that the whole team is informed and working together.

What training and support will you get?

You’ll be working towards a Level 3 qualification as a Project Controls Technician. For the duration of the scheme you’ll have a business sponsor that is responsible for the design and delivery of the apprenticeship scheme. 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. Finally you can expect to have a buddy, a previous apprentice from this scheme. Your buddy can answer any day to day questions you have and share their experiences with you.

During the scheme you’ll not only complete the qualification but also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training to technical skills training. Your sponsors and placement managers will ensure you attend all the relevant training to support you in your role.

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 have:

  • An inquisitive, analytical mind
  • A willingness to learn
  • Resilience and adaptability

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.

Where can this career take me?

You’ll gain a Level 3 Diploma in Project Control Practice, as well as a foundation certificate in Project Management and professional training in site safety.

After successfully completing your apprenticeship there are a variety of controls roles that you could move into depending on your area of interest such as Assistant Planner, Assistant Risk Manager or Data Controller. These can then lead to more senior positions such as Planner, Senior Planner, Risk Manager or Project Contols Manager.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 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.

You must be 18 years of age by 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme.

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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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