Transport For London

Transport For London

Type: Public

Founded: 2000

Employees: 25,000

Industry: Construction and Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

We keep the city moving

Improving and expanding the city’s transport network is central to driving economic growth, jobs and housing in our city. And the work we do at TfL has a direct impact on the lives of millions of people – every single day.

Our remit is broad. It includes the Tube, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, London Trams, London River Services, London Dial-A-Ride, Victoria Coach Station, Emirates Air Line, Santander Cycles and buses.

We also regulate taxis and the private hire trade, run the Congestion Charging scheme, manage the city’s 580km red route road network and operate all of the Capital’s 6,200 traffic signals. And we work to ensure a safe environment for all road users.

We’re pioneers in integrated ticketing and in providing information to help people move around London. Oyster is the world’s most popular smartcard, and contactless payment is making travel even more convenient. Real-time travel information is provided by us and through third parties, who use our data to power their apps and other services.

Did You Know?

  • There are 19,500 bus stops throughout London
  • Each tube travels around 114,500 miles a year
  • The Overground railway runs through 21 of London's 33 boroughs
  • DLR now has 45 stations and 145 vehicles as opposed to the original 15 stations and 11 vehicles when it started in 1987
  • The Barclays Cycle Hire has had 1.9 million hires since the scheme started
  • London Tramlink had 28kkm of track, and 39 stops
  • London Taxi & Private Hire consists of around 3,200 licensed operators, using around 60,000 licensed drivers and more than 48,000 licensed minicabs


Start your future at Transport for London

Applications Open 7 January 2016

We are currently in the process of updating our apprenticeship website and will be open for applications on 7 January. We are looking for approx. 170 apprentices in 2016 over about 18 schemes so there is a scheme available to suit most!!

So make a note to visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships in January and start making the right choices for your career.

It takes more than 25,000 staff to keep the city moving, so we invest as much in our people as we do in London's infrastructure. Our apprenticeships scheme will give you the opportunity to see the impact your work has on the capital.

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to earn whilst working, gain skills necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job, valuable work experience and professional qualifications.

The population of London is diverse, vibrant, fun, exciting, flamboyant and energetic so it’s important that the TfL workforce are as well, how else can we understand the needs of the customers that we serve. That’s why apprentices are so important to our business, not only for the skills that they bring and those that they learn but for the individuality that they will bring to the company.

No matter which scheme you apply for, you'll gain not only new skills but specific qualifications as well. If you want to earn as you learn and use your own ideas and skills to make a real difference to Londoners, our apprenticeships are a great foundation for your career.

We offer competitive benefits, including free travel on tubes and buses - as you'd expect from an employer with a reputation for bringing out the best in people. If you thrive in a working environment where you'll be handling real responsibility, we can offer all kinds of apprenticeships for all kinds of roles.

TfL Apprentices – Influencing the life of London

Applications open Thursday 7 January 2016 – You will need to upload a copy of your exams certificates with your application (including UK NARIC translation of any qualifications gained overseas). We cannot progress your application without your certificates, please ensure you know where they are in preparation, if you need replacement certificates, please contact the relevant exam board as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.

TfL Apprentices

Who we're looking for..

Our organisation is as diverse as the capital itself. There isn’t one type of person we are looking for. However our apprentices will have certain qualities in common.

We want bright apprentices who are up for a challenge and thrive under pressure. We want great communicators and creative thinkers. Above all, we’re looking for people who are excited by London and want to be part of its future.

Although the requirements differ for each scheme you will need to have at least three GCSEs at A*-C grade.

Visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships to find out more about the skills and qualifications that are required for each role.

What schemes are available?

Here are some of the exciting schemes that we have to offer:

  • Engineering – London Underground
  • Civil Engineering (Highways)
  • Information Management
  • Project Planner
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Track Engineering – London Underground
  • Traffic Infrastructure Engineer
  • Human Resources
  • Software Development
  • Trams (Engineering)
  • Web Development
  • Health, Safety & Environment
  • Commercial Procurement
  • Crossrail
  • Transport Planning
  • Finance
  • London Transport Museum

Visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships for full details of each scheme.

Apprenticeship schemes

Graduate Scheme

Graduate scheme roles

  • Architecture
  • Business analyst
  • Civil engineering
  • Commercial procurement
  • Commercial property surveyor
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Information management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Management - Rail & London Underground
  • Management - Surface Transport
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Project management
  • Road space managers
  • Software engineering
  • Transport planning
  • Quantity surveying (QS degree)
  • Quantity surveying (non-QS degree)

Graduate scheme roles

What we're looking for:

Each year, we take on graduates from a wide range of degree disciplines. Each role has its own set of technical skills and academic qualifications, but more general competencies and behaviours include

  • Motivational fit - you should demonstrate an understanding of the business challenges we face in the area you've applied for and across the organisation as a whole
  • Customer service skills - an ability to provide good customer service to both internal and external customers
  • Management and innovation skills - You should be able to respond to, manage, or lead business improvements and change to meet strategic priorities
  • Commercial thinking - an ability to view situations from a commercial perspective and understand how important cost and efficiency is to our business
  • Planning and organisational abilities - you should instinctively take the initiative in situations and be responsible for your own (or others') time, schedule, resources and circumstances to meet objectives
  • Results focus - delivering business/performance results according to time, budget and quality is essential
  • Good attitude to self-improvement - recognising when and how to keep your technical and specialist skills up-to-date so you can be an authoritative source of expertise for your colleagues

For all our schemes, you'll be contracted to work a minimum 35-hour week, although any placement in an operational environment may involve varied hours, including weekend working and shifts, dependent on your role. Office-based placements will generally involve working during usual office hours.

General tips

  • Do some research about us and the business area you want to work in
  • Try our publications & reports section for extra information
  • Think about the role you're applying for - we can only accept one application per candidate
  • Go to a graduate event - they can really help you to make a decision
  • There are five steps to the application process - make sure you know what to expect
  • We don't consider UCAS points, so only submit your degree grades

To find out more and apply visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/graduate-scheme

Student Placements

If you're still studying, coming to work with us during the summer (or longer) is great work experience and puts you in a good position to get on to our graduate scheme. It may even lead to joining us permanantly in the future.

For students, our placements fall into two categories:

  • The summer placement - usually lasts 12 weeks and gives you the chance to get real, hands-on experience
  • A Year in Industry - a 12-month placement, ideally for sandwich course students, who then return to their final year of studies

Throughout both placements, you'll be paid for working full-time and get free travel on our entire network. If you want to apply for one of our graduate schemes when you've finished your studies, you may have the opportunity to be fast tracked. We'll discuss the options with you before you return to university.

Salary and Benefits

If you buy annual travel tickets to travel outside our network, we'll give you 75% of it back. We can also provide an interest-free loan to buy an annual ticket which we'll then recover from your salary over a period of 10 months

  • Salary - £16,067 (pro rata'd for summer placements)
  • Pension options
  • Holiday - 30 days, as well as standard public holidays (pro rata'd for summer placements)
  • Free travel - A free Oyster card for you, and someone you live with, to use on our entire network

Year in Industry (YiI) placements

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