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Moving you forward: the Crossrail Apprenticeship Programme

Crossrail is not just about delivering a world-class new railway, it is about leaving a lasting skills legacy for the industry. The apprentices we have working across the project today highlight the rewards of investing in high-quality skills training.

Crossrail recently surpassed its target of creating 400 apprenticeships during the construction of the new railway, with 450 now working on the project. They have been trained in a range of professions from construction to accountancy, quantity surveying to business administration. 

This would not be possible without the support and commitment from our apprentices and contractors and their hard work and success is recognised across the industry.

We are determined to give young people a foot up and the opportunity to learn a trade on a unique project. We are passionate about leaving a legacy of a skilled workforce that will support the UK construction and engineering industries for decades to come.

Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy

A new transport skills strategy outlines plans to create apprenticeships in the road and rail sector.

The Transport infrastructure skills strategy builds upon the work of major projects like Crossrail, which has used responsible contract arrangements to create hundreds of apprenticeships since construction began in 2009.

Apprenticeship opportunities in rail

Both Network Rail and TfL are currently recruiting for their 2016 apprenticeship schemes, with a wide range of roles and locations available.

We want people to apply for apprenticeships now. Head to or search the Network Rail and TfL 2016 apprenticeships schemes, which opened this month for new applicants.


Almost one in two Crossrail apprenticeships (44%) has been filled by people that were identified as being not in work, a success rate that is almost double the UK wide average.

Crossrail in partnership with its principal contractors has delivered the most significant injection of new skills into UK tunnelling and underground construction in a generation.

Crossrail’s highly effective recruitment approach is helping provide a new direction for the construction and tunnelling sector and could be replicated across other sectors of the economy to help address the large number of young people not in employment.

Beyond apprenticeships, more than 800 unemployed jobseekers have secured jobs on Crossrail.

EngineeringUK estimates that 1.8 million additional engineering jobs will be created by 2020. In order to meet the demand for skills, the sector needs to triple the number of apprenticeships on offer per-year to 69,000.

Crossrail has sought to attract new talent to the industry and open up opportunities to a broader pool of workers by:

  • Working with its contractors, Crossrail requires all new jobs to be advertised externally and through Jobcentre Plus
  • Providing training to more than 1,600 unemployed jobseekers at the industry-leading Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA), allowing them to gain basic construction qualifications
  • Providing meet the contractor days where trainees can meet Crossrail contractors and hear about the latest jobs
  • Working with contractors to engage local unemployment groups near construction sites to provide advice and exposure to Crossrail jobs
  • Crossrail and its contractors visiting schools to promote the diverse career opportunities in the infrastructure, tunnelling and construction sectors.

Find out from some of our apprentices what it is like to be a part of Europe's largest infrastructure project.

Ben Dean, Apprentice Electrician

Ben Dean, Apprentice Electrician

As an apprentice electrician on-site, we cover all aspects including maintenance and electrics from plant, all the... Read more

Misbah Sunny, Plant Mechanics Apprentice

Misbah Sunny, Plant Mechanics Apprentice

I’m pleased that I've been given this opportunity to work on Crossrail. It’s a mind-blowing project in terms of... Read more

Oliver Trim, Electrical Apprentice

Oliver Trim, Electrical Apprentice

The work we’re doing is inspirational and I’m lucky to be here with all the people around who have many years experience.... Read more

Jasdeep Dale, Civil Engineering Technician Apprentice

Jasdeep Dale, Civil Engineering Technician Apprentice

This is not something that any of my friends and family were aware of and it surprised them that such opportunities... Read more