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Reference number: SW-001637
  • Salary: National apprenticeship wage
  • Job Type: Apprenticeships
  • Employer: Thales Group
  • Location: London

Thales people architect solutions that support 85 million mainline and suburban passenger journeys, worldwide, every day. Our Rail Signalling and Communication systems are used on metro lines across major cities, and 72,000 kms of route, 52,000 trains per day in 16 countries are controlled by our Traffic Management Systems. Together We deployed the first-ever nationwide ticketing system which processes over 50 million ticketing transactions in 100 cities daily.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Register your interest

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through your qualifications, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation? If so, read on to see what Thales has on offer

As a Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) Rail Apprentice you will follow a three-year programme completing work placements across a variety of disciplines, including signalling and telecommunications. You will attend college where you will continue to enhance your railway education. During the three years you will achieve the relevant safety accreditation to enable you to work on the railway and will gather experience and evidence to attain relevant competencies.

The Programme

Through our level three apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand rail engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a rail apprentice you will be based in London within the Ground Transportation business, studying at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, towards your level three qualifications in rail engineering. Year one of the programme will be delivered full-time at college where you will be given a strong grounding in the practical skills required for the role. Year two will be delivered on a day release basis – one day a week at college, four days learning on the job in the business. Year three will be work-based.

During this three year programme you will undertake various work placements, getting to know and experience Thales systems and learning what it takes to be a Telecomm engineer on the railway. Upon completion of the programme you will move into a permanent role within our Ground Transportation Systems business.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivatedcommitted and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in rail and Thales. This programme is suitable for someone with strong team-working and problem solving skills, and a passion for technology and the rail industry.

You will also need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A-C or Level 5 and above, including Maths, English and a Science subject
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the three year programme

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 05 January 2021, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2021 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements – to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 12 months. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to

In line with Thales’ Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

Date posted: 07/12/2020

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