Design and Development Engineering Apprenticeship

Transport for London
28 Mar 2018
25 Apr 2018
Engineering, Design
Contract Type
Full Time
Thank you for your interest in applying for this TfL Apprenticeship. We'd like to remind you that you must ensure you are eligible for this scheme before applying . Please read through the eligibility criteria below carefully and ensure that you are eligible before applying. This application will also contain a series of questions to establish whether or not you are eligible. It is important that you take great care in reading and answering these questions as we will not be able to revert your application if an error is made.

Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Apprenticeship schemes per year. Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn .

Scheme Name
Design and Development Engineer
Apprenticeship Level
Approximate Scheme Length
5 years
Salaries start from GBP18,624
Eligibility Criteria
5 GCSE's A*-C (or equivalent) including Maths and English Language. Plus 3 A Levels A*-C (or equivalent) including Maths and a STEM subject.

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 and content from the qualification of this scheme.

You must be 18 years of age by 1 st September 2018 to be eligible for this scheme.
Apprenticeship Standards
Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer

Please note that due to high interest in this scheme, we may close the scheme early and encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to prevent disappointment

Job overview

The role of an embedded electronics systems design and development engineer is an essential part of what TfL does. As the number of journeys on our network increases and more is expected from our transport network, these engineers need to make sure our infrastructure and equipment can face future challenges.

What will I be doing?

You'll design and develop new solutions using knowledge of electronics, hardware and software to deliver innovative concepts. These new products allow conceptualisation and testing of new solutions by the operational business.

Beyond this immediate challenge, you'll also consider other factors affecting optimal lifecycle costs such as value engineering, manufacturing, installation requirements and maintenance burdens faced by the organisation.

The degree-level apprenticeship provides an exciting opportunity to make a huge impact on the millions of journeys customers make across London each day, developing innovative solutions and concepts to ensure the current and future infrastructure can deliver the safe and reliable service our customers deserve.
What will the programme involve?

You'll complete a number of placements whilst on the scheme that will develop you into a fully rounded design and development engineer. Placements will include:

  • Design work - these are typically office based although you will get some time on site and in the laboratory for testing. For example your placement could be on the blue lights PTI concept. This is a hardware/software and integration project, including testing to LU requirements for the blue lights concept that highlights the gap between the train and platform for customers.
  • Frontline transport operations - You could complete a placement on the data logger project which includes developing the required software/hardware to allow a data logger to be installed and interfaced with control systems that will assist with diagnostics and crowding issues.
  • Developing new engineering technologies - this would include testing, compliance and health and safety activities, using hardware and software skills gained to create solutions.
  • Safety - A placement here could be on the active gap fillers concept. This is a feasibility and development study on filling the platform/train gap using a mechanical filler.

What training and support will you get?

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, either a previous apprentice or graduate 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?

You will be highly motivated and proactive, with a passion for engineering. If you're a logical thinker with a strong ability to problem solve to tackle technical challenges then this scheme is the perfect way to kick start your career.

Where can this career take me?

On completion of the apprentice scheme you'll have gained experience across a range of areas from stations, rolling stock and different business areas. This will open up a large number of junior engineering roles for you. The current Director of Engineering and Major Projects Director for TfL both started as a technician apprentices so it can be seen that the apprentices can aspire eventually to senior management positions.

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have any special requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend the assessment, please contact us by phone or email on the contact details below.

Please Note: We need a minimum of 48 hours' notice (excluding weekends and bank holidays) to allow us to try and accommodate reasonable adjustments. Any adjustments will be confirmed to you in writing, once received, please print a copy and bring this to the assessment with you.

Contacting Us

If at any time you need to speak to anyone within the Recruitment Team then please contact us Mon - Fri between 08.30 and 17.30 on (Option 1) or alternatively email us at

Please Note: We only allow one application for any of our Apprenticeship schemes per year. Any subsequent applications will be withdrawn.

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