An Engineering
Apprenticeship that takes you further

Get your engineering career off to a flying start with the UK’s largest train operator. Our four-year Engineering Apprenticeship combines college study with hands-on experience of important, stretching work. And it leads to UK-recognised qualifications.

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Here's what you can look forward to:

  • A BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Great career prospects
  • A competitive salary while you learn
  • Free travel on our trains

What you'll do

You’ll build the know-how to maintain our fleet of trains. Although you’ll start by watching our engineers at work, you’ll gradually take on more and more responsibility as your skills grow. And because our trains have all kinds of systems – electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, GPS and so on – you won’t just learn about one area, but many.

Year 1

After a one-week induction, you’ll spend a year on day release at either East Surrey College (Redhill) or Oaklands College (Welwyn Garden City).

Year 1

You’ll start your two-year BTEC National Diploma, and also study for your Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) competencies at Level 2. The PEO involves gaining a range of skills such as using basic tools and practical experience in departments like Electrical, Electronic, Bench Fitting, Powered Machine Work and Safety.

Year 2

Your hands-on training begins in earnest with a series of placements right across the business.

Year 2

While some of your learning will be in the classroom, most will stem from practical work at our depots. You’ll learn all about the mechanics and electrics that keep our rolling stock rolling. So, while you’re moving forward, you’ll also improve travel for our hundreds of thousands of passengers.

Year 3

You’ll make the most of full-time, on-the-job training applying what you have learnt in the previous years at college.

Year 3

You’ll have had a personal training consultant from day one – someone who’ll evaluate your performance every month, and who’ll always be on hand to support and direct you. Now they’ll be there to advise you on gaining a higher qualification and continuing to get the most out of the scheme.

Year 4

Gain your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and qualify as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer.

Year 4

Completing your apprenticeship isn’t the end of the story. Far from it. Previous GTR apprentices have gone on to become Service Engineers, Team Technicians, Team Leaders, Production Manager, Project Engineers and Depot Managers. So could you.

Who are GTR?

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) brings together Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink railways. Together we transport more passengers on more trains than anyone else in the country. In 2016, over a fifth of all passenger rail journeys in the UK will be taken with us.

Never standing still

Our 6,500 employees support over 20,000 services a week. And they never stand still. They’re always working to make travel on our railways safer, more efficient and more comfortable. You too will be key to giving our customers an experience that’s increasingly punctual, reliable and enjoyable as you help us deliver a railway for the 21st century.

Always thinking of others

Our passengers are at the heart of everything we do. We want to make every part of their journeys as smooth as possible. And we take our environmental and community responsibilities seriously too, with a host of initiatives to minimise our impact on the planet and support local people across our network.

What we look for

It’s vital that you’re keen to learn and ready to work hard. Specifically you’ll need:

We welcome applications from everyone who meets our criteria and is eligible to work in the UK.

Rewards you won’t want to miss

As well as first-class training that speeds you towards a great engineering career, expect big benefits that include:

Plus there’s all the satisfaction of getting stuck in to exciting projects unique to GTR – like Transforming Thameslink and replacing our Metro Trains – that will make a huge difference to transport in the South East.

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Where we are

East Surrey College
Gatton Point
London Road
Redhill, Surrey
RH1 2JX
Oaklands College
The Campus
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL8 6AH