Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

January 29, 2024
£27.8 - £27.8 / year

Job Description


Organisation – HR

Job: Civil Engineering

Position Type: Full Time

Thank you for your interest in applying to the TfL Apprenticeship Scheme.

The application will include a series of questions to determine your eligibility. Before applying, please carefully review the eligibility conditions listed below to confirm that you meet them.

It is critical that you read and answer these questions carefully, since we will be unable to retract your application if an issue occurs.

Please keep in mind that each of our Apprenticeship schemes only accepts one application per year. All further applications will be withdrawn.

Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

Level 6

Apprenticeship Standards

Civil Engineer (degree)



The location


This employment allows for a 50/50 split of time between the workplace and home during a four-week period. Hybrid working arrangements might evolve based on corporate needs.


Approximately 5.5–6 years

Things to consider:

Although this apprenticeship will include site placements, the majority of the placements will be office-based with site visits.

Entry requirements:

You should already have or be working towards a minimum of 5 GCSEs graded 4 (C) or higher, including Maths and English Language (or similar), as well as 3 A Levels graded BBC (or equivalent), including Maths and, preferably, a Science in either Chemistry or Physics.

  • Candidates with equivalent level 3 qualifications must haveor are on track to acquire one of the following:


  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Engineering, with at least a merit in Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics. (UCAS Points: 128)


  • Access Engineering credentials with 15 distinctions and 30 merits, including Maths and Physical Science credit.


  • T-level (Merit or higher) in Construction Design, Surveying, and Planning. UCAS points: 120.


Building Services Engineering Technician level 3 apprenticeship DD (UCAS points: 96) with grade Pass or Distinction at EPA.

You are ineligible for this scheme if you presently possess or are pursuing a qualification at the same or higher level in a comparable subject, or if you have previously studied content from the qualification for this scheme.

Please keep in mind that you will need to present original certificates and/or expected grades as proof of eligibility.

You must be 18 years old by September 2024.

Please be aware that if you are successful in receiving an offer for this plan, your offer will be contingent on an acceptable medical, which may include, but is not limited to, a drug and alcohol screening, an eye exam, and a hearing test.


Job overview

Our engineers focus on the assets that serve as the cornerstone of our transportation system. Our asset base is diverse, with thousands of bridges, hundreds of kilometres of roads and tunnels, hundreds of embankments and cuttings, and a big drainage system. These assets form the cornerstone of the transit system, which keeps the city moving, operating, and growing. Our civil engineers are also at the forefront of significant transit system enhancements such as HS2, Crossrail 2, and the Bakerloo Line extension.

A Civil Engineering Apprentice plays a key part in ensuring the continuous reliability and safety of London’s world-class transport system.

What shall I do?

As an apprentice, your 5.5 – 6 year growth schedule will include 3-6 month placement rotations. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and experience you need for a successful career. We also recognise that everyone’s career is different, thus each apprentice’s journey is distinct. Here’s an example of what yours might look like:

Year 1

Placement 1 – Sponsorship (6 months):

  • Developing project briefs and obtaining funding for initiatives
  • Prioritising Project Work Banks
  • Conducting financial impact and equality impact assessments

Placement 2 – Project Management (6 months):

  • Assisting the Project Manager to deliver a variety of projects.
  • Understanding the commercial frameworks of the contract.
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered on schedule and within budget.


Year 2

Placement 1 – Sustainability and Environmental Team – 6 months:

  • Helping teams enhance their sustainability and environmental implications.
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to line with the Mayor’s transport strategy.

Placement 2: Civil Asset Operations (Maintenance Team) – 6 months.

  • Preparing project briefs and overseeing contractors for necessary civil maintenance works
  • Inspection of bridges, earth constructions, pumps, and drainage assets


Apprentices can take technical placements in the following teams to match their interests:

  • Earth Structures
  • Pumps and Drainage
  • Railway Structures
  • Highway Structure
  • Tunnels

These placements are most likely to take place after year two, in order to correspond with the technical modules taught at university.

What qualifications will I gain?

Successful apprentices will earn a BEng civil engineering degree approved by the Joint Board of Moderators. In addition, apprentices will work towards Incorporated Engineering status and, upon successful completion of their end point examination, will be Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE).

Where can this career lead me?

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into one of the following positions:

Engineering Technician, Assistant Engineer, Works Inspector, Assistant Project Manager, and Assistant Operations Officer positions may lead to additional career advancement opportunities in our engineering, operations, and project delivery teams.

What training and support will you receive?

You will pursue a level 6 qualification in Civil Engineering.

Typically, you will be needed to attend University one day a week.

While on the scheme, we will help you build your technical skills through a variety of on-the-job practical experiences and assignments. We’ll also help you advance your career through a combination of classroom-based training, online training, mentoring, and structured networking opportunities. Throughout the programme, you will receive one-on-one support from your dedicated Mentor, scheme sponsor, and Line Manager. You will also be assigned a ‘buddy’ who is a more experienced apprentice in the scheme.

What are we looking for?

Our basic principles are incredibly important to us, hence we want applicants who are:

  • We care about our colleagues, customers, and job.


  • Open to new ideas and collaboration.


  • Capable of adapting to various needs and driving innovation.


Assessment Process

As your application progresses, you will receive support and information about each assessment stage.

Please see the following link on the TfL website for further information:

Please pay special attention to the emails and timeframes provided, as you have one week to complete assessments and we cannot re-issue these tests.

Assessment centres for apprenticeship roles will be held from February to April; however, many roles only have one assessment day, and we are unable to promise extra dates. We conduct assessment centres both in person and electronically (depending on the role).

Inclusive Recruitment Process

We use a transparent recruitment procedure that eliminates barriers for candidates with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adaptations during the application process.

We are a Disability Confident employer, and we guarantee interviews to individuals who apply through the scheme and meet the minimal skill, knowledge, and experience requirements.

In High Volume campaigns such as Graduate, Apprentice, and Intern recruitment, the minimal criteria we set is a pass grade in our first stage evaluations, following a proportionate approach as part of the Disability Confident programme.

Contact us.

Phone: 0203 005 1680.

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