As a Thales Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) Rail Apprentice you will follow a three-year programme completing work placements across a variety of disciplines within telecommunications. You will attend academic and professional training where you will continue to enhance your railway education.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    This apprenticeship will see you work shift work, predominantly nights, across a number of London Underground sites. Your external training will be on day shift. Our working week is 37 hours. Night shift runs Sun-Thur. Day shift runs Mon-Fri.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Network management and tasking
  • Reactive and preventative maintenance
  • Installation and commissioning across a wide range of Thales products, projects and services
  • Working in our Service Centre
  • Monitoring Quality by working alongside the Field Surveillance Management team
  • Spending time with our Telecoms Network Design Team
  • Understanding the commerciality of your role by working with the Business Development Team

The training you will be getting

As a Rail apprentice you will be working in London and studying towards a Level 3 Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship. Through our Level 3 apprenticeship, you will develop your understanding of rail engineering from the ground up with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with our training provider, Escalla, via a block release delivery model. Delivered at the Escalla training facility at Angel Islington, you will have approximately 5 study weeks over the first 12 months on programme. At the end of the apprenticeship you will go through an End Point Assessment to ensure occupational competence prior to progressing your career with Thales.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The next steps after this apprenticeship would likely be a Telecomms Engineer, Railway Engineer, Telecomms Design Engineer, Installation Engineer. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Enthusiastic, Motivated


GCSE or equivalent 5x GCSEs including English, Maths, Science (Grade 5 and above) Essential

Things to consider

This will involve mainly night shift work, on the London Underground network. You will need to work outside and be physically able to carry out the work.

About the employer

Thales Ground Transportation Systems UK (GTS) are helping to shape the future of the rail industry in the UK, and beyond. We specialise in signalling and communication, collaborating with the biggest names in the industry to deliver the rail of the future.








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Information communications technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Applications are recieved through our HRIS - Workday. Applications close on 12th January 2024. You will then go through the selection process including an initial assessment, a video interview and an Assessment Centre.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2024