London Underground Power Apprentice - 2024

  • Transport for London
  • London, Westminster
  • £23404 per annum

London Underground's trains and infrastructure are powered by electricity drawn from the National Grid at several Bulk Supply Points across the capital. This power is manipulated and distributed by the London Underground Power & Electrical Department through approximately 300 substations spread across 250 miles of track. In addition, electricity is distributed to and around over 1600 individual premises, including 270 London Underground stations and over 20 depot locations. Power assets are extensive, expensive, and highly technical and must be in top condition for the Underground to run smoo...

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  • GMFJ Reference
    246029
  • Wages
    £23,404 p/a
  • Hours
    35.00 per week
  • Date Posted
    02/02/2024
  • Start Date
    09/09/2024
  • Approx. Duration
    4 years

  • Location
    London
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Engineering
  • Opportunity Type
    Higher Level 4
  • Employer
    Transport for London

Description

During your apprenticeship, you will undergo a four-year development program consisting of placements across the Power departments. Our goal is to provide you with a diverse set of skills and experiences essential for a successful career. Recognising that each person's career path is distinct, we tailor every apprentice's journey to be unique. Here's a glimpse of what your individual trajectory might entail:


Year 1


In the initial year, you'll be adjusting to both London Underground and the field of engineering. This period will primarily involve delving into fundamental engineering principles at our partner college in Enfield. Following this phase, you will undergo comprehensive training, including all necessary track and substation safety protocols. This is to enable you to operate safely around our fleet in various sites and high voltage.


Year 2 and 3


In your second year, you will actively engage in the operational side of the business, gaining practical insights from seasoned Power engineers across different specialities (Operating, High Voltage Cables, Substation or Protection). Your role will involve shadowing teams, progressively building your confidence and practical expertise. Additionally, you will be rotating across our maintenance and breakdown sections, contributing to a well-rounded understanding of our operations. As part of your second year, you will also be released to continue building on your level 4 fundamental engineering principles at our partner college in Enfield.


During this phase, you'll develop proficiency in mechanical, electrical, and hand tool usage. Working closely with our dedicated assessor, you'll address a comprehensive range of knowledge questions integral to your qualifications.


You will also be enrolled into in house training including running a substation, continual improvement, and large range of technical training on our specific assets.


Year 4


As you progress into your final year, you will continue rotating through various sections with a focus on more specialised areas, honing your competencies through diverse methods. The qualifications encompass knowledge assessments and documentation of the practical work you undertake. Ultimately, you will present your finest work to an external engineering institute, obtaining the final endorsement that declares you as a proficient rolling stock engineer. This endorsement, coupled with the completion of your qualifications, will signify that you are ready to undertake a job interview leading to a position as a Plant Fitter or HV Cables Fitter.

For more information about this vacancy please contact GetMyFirstJob Recruitment on opportunities@getmyfirstjob.co.uk (Ref ID: 246029)

Company website : https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships

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;


Analytical and logical thinkers

Team player

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.

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


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.


You must be 18 by March 2024 to be eligible for this scheme.


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.

What Qualifications will I gain?

Level 4 Rail Engineering (Competence)

Level 4 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)


What training and support will you get?

You will be working towards a Level 4 qualification in Railway Engineering Advanced Technician (Electrification Advanced Technician).


Typically, you will be required to attend CONEL college in Enfield, in block placements to complete units that make up your Level 4 Knowledge qualification, the remaining units will be delivered by your Assessor.


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 regular one-to-one placement 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.


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

This apprenticeship marks the beginning of your career journey, opening a world of limitless roles and opportunities. Upon completion, you'll roll off as a Plant Fitter or High Voltage cables Fitter, contributing to the efficient functioning of substations and stations. Depending on your skills and enthusiasm, you may choose to progress into more technical or specialist roles or explore opportunities in management. The pathway ahead is dynamic and filled with possibilities for your continued growth and success. You’ll also have opportunities to complete additional training courses. These will vary from soft skills training, safety training to technical skills training.


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 Engineering Chartership status in the future.

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

The location of your work is contingent upon where it is needed. With over 250 substations and assets scattered across Greater London, you will be expected to attend as necessary

We operate a transparent recruitment process that removes barriers for candidates with a disability. Please let us know if you require reasonable adjustments for any stages of the application process. 

We're a Disability Confident employer, and we offer guaranteed interviews to candidates who apply via the scheme where the minimum criteria for skills, knowledge and experience have been met.  

In High Volume campaigns including Graduate, Apprentice and Intern recruitment the minimum criteria we set is achieving a pass mark in our first stage assessments, adopting a proportionate approach as part of the Disability Confident scheme. 

"The best thing was the ability to gain on-the-job experience and a degree at the same time. I had the option of going to university, however this opportunity was a no-brainer. Avoiding the fees and getting a degree – who would turn that down?"

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