Design and development apprentice at Transport for London

Start Date:
London Central London & City
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£21,568 annually
Review Date:
January 2019

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role within my team is to design and produce embedded electrical devices which are used to prove concepts we create. As part of the business engineering team I spend time procuring ideas and bidding for funding for future work. I also spend one day each week studying at university.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt a wide range of new skills through my role. Most important to me, how to work in a professional environment and this is something that can't be taught in a classroom. My greatest skill I have learnt is my software knowledge, coming in with no understanding and now having a high level of ability in many coding languages.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I love what I do on my programme and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to work hard and learn everyday. I get so much fulfilment each day with the work I do and the amount of learning I have the opportunity to do. It was a great career decision for me.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


As I am in the first year of intake for this scheme I have found the programme to be far less structured than expected originally. It does allow me to have the freedom to make my own choices about my career and where I want to be at the end of my apprenticeship.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My employer is very supportive with everyone on the scheme, we attend training regularly and are given time to learn and make mistakes whilst designing and creating, which shows to me that they are comfortable with my development and not just focused on there output I provide the company with.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


My training provider is quite good at supporting our learning, we have personal tutors which handle our academic queries and scheme advisers which handle the general running of the scheme. We document all the work and training we are provided to demonstrate what we have done over the course of the apprenticeship.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


As I am getting an engineering degree to perform an engineering role, my qualification is highly important to me and the employer. It allows me to understand the work I do and help me to apply theoretical knowledge when designing and creating. Without the qualification I am working towards the apprenticeship would be much harder to do.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


As I work for a very densely populated company (30,000 employees in on city) there is a huge amount of social activities that I can do. I spend my time socialising with senior members of the engineering department and try to learn as much as I can from the people around me.

9a. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?


9b. Why?

It's an incredible place to learn and to work with public transport gives a real urgency as to the world of work. All the work I do makes improvements to the lives of millions of customers every day. Getting the opportunity to earn a degree without the student debt is worth the apprenticeship alone.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?

Do your research into the company and know the area of the company you are applying to. Learn the company ethos as every employee has to align themselves with this. Showing genuine passion for learning looks great in any interview and with an apprenticeship this is what you spend your time doing so you need to be enthusiastic.

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