Software Development Apprenticeship - TFL

Training Provider:


£20,231 (to be reviewed when London living wage is announced)
30.0 hours per week
duration: 24 Months
SE10 0ES
Higher(level 4-7)
Level 4 (apprenticeship standard)
7 February 2020 (application closing date)

Software Development Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Level 4

Apprenticeship Framework/Standard

Software Developer


24 months



Salary: £20,231 (to be reviewed when London living wage is announced)

Job overview

Our software teams write the computer programs which keep London moving. Learn to write professional, high quality code using the full range of Microsoft technologies, whilst gaining experience on some of London’s largest and most innovative software systems.

What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, your 24 month development programme will be made up of up to 4 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. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

Year 1

Your apprenticeship starts with a 4 week bootcamp, run on-site by our own senior developers, with support from Microsoft engineers, where you learn the basics of the C# language, object-orientated software and testing. We intersperse the practical exercises with site visits and overviews from across the organization, which give you a greater understanding of the technology behind TfL. After the bootcamp, you start your project placements which could include:

Placement 1 – Backend developer on our Journey Planner system - 5 months – design and implement a high performance service which provides accurate fare information to customers planning their journeys. Write C# code, following best practices such as Test Driven Development, Behaviour Driven Development and Continuous Integration to deliver high quality, clean code.

Placement 2 – Online developer – 6 months – use Microsoft’s Azure cloud to create intelligent bots which understand natural language and can provide automated responses to customers’ questions on Facebook and Twitter. Your team will use the Scrum methodology to manage their project and you will learn the roles that each member of a Scrum team must play.

Year 2

Placement 3 – Web developer – 6 months – add new features to the websites for use by Oyster & Contactless customers. By your third placement, you’ll be working more independently, picking up your own tasks from the team’s backlog, delivering fully tested components of software for review by your team.

Placement 4 – Full stack app developer – 6 months – enhance one of the key iOS apps used by tube station staff to assist customers. Learn Swift to develop the iPad app and then combine this with your knowledge of C# to create the secure backend services in Azure which push real-time data to staff devices.

The first placement is fixed, subsequent placements are mutually agreed to ensure you gain experience on the widest possible range of technologies, tools and teams, as this is one of TfL’s key differentiators.

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;

  • Fascinated by new technologies and motivated to learn them
  • Enjoys sharing knowledge, both receiving & giving
  • Intrigued by new problems and refinement of their solution

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?

Our scheme equips you with the skills and knowledge to deliver enterprise software. The experience you gain with large business critical solutions will make you stand out from the competition. You could roll-off as a Developer – Responsible for delivering discrete software stories within a Scrum team, which meet business requirements, are fully tested and meet our standards for code quality. From here you could progress to a Senior Developer and then become a Technical Lead, accountable for a team’s software design and implementation, including setting the quality standard.

What training and support will you get?

You will be working towards a Level 4 qualification as a Software Developer.

Typically, you will be required to attend four residential training courses within your first year, each course lasting between 3 and 4 days.

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.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language plus 2 A Levels at grade A*-D or equivalent.

As part of the qualifications above you should have an A-Level (A*-D) or GCSE (A*-C) in an IT subject (or equivalent) or existing knowledge of any programming language including conditional statements, arrays, loops and error handling.

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.