Transport for London offers a wide range of TfL Apprenticeships across many areas of the capital’s transport network. The Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy guides Transport for London’s activities. This includes a target that 80% of all journeys will be made on foot, by bicycle, or public transport by 2041.
Some of Transport for London’s key responsibilities include:
London Buses: managing a fleet of more than 9,300 London Buses which service 675 routes across the capital.
London Underground: the Tube has 11 lines, more than 400km of track, and 270 stations. The network handles up to five million passenger journeys a day. At peak times, there are more than 543 trains whizzing around the Capital.
Docklands Light Railway: servicing the East of London, from Bank to Stratford, as well as Greenwich, Lewisham and London City Airport.
London Overground: a group of six routes serving many areas of the Capital, such as Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford.
Trams: services run from Croydon to Wimbledon, Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington.
Roads: managing London’s ‘red routes’, as well as the upkeep and operations of the Capital’s 6,000+ sets of traffic lights.
River Thames: Transport for London manages eight piers along the River Thames, from Greenwich all the way to Millbank.
Transport for London also manages a Dial-A-Ride service for disabled people, a cycle hire scheme sponsored by Santander, as well as the Emirates Air Line which crosses the Thames between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.
And, finally, Transport for London sets the rules, standards and fares for London’s iconic black cab, as well as private hire vehicles.
The TfL Apprenticeships programme provides you with on the job training, as well as responsibility from day one. You will spend 20% of your time working towards a professional qualification which is recognised across the industry. This could either be one day a week at a local college, or block release at a TfL training centre.
Transport for London will cover all your training costs, as well as provide a salary during your training period. Depending on the role, you can expect to earn between £19,268 and £22,305 on the TfL Apprenticeships programme.
In addition, you will also receive free travel for you and a partner or family member on the TfL network. Further benefits include a 75% discount on National Rail Season Tickets, as well at least 29 days annual leave.
TfL Apprenticeships: Business
The TfL Apprenticeships programme offers a wide range of Business roles across the transport network. For example:
- Quantity Surveying: Either a 5½ year programme which requires A Levels as well as GCSEs. Or a 2 year programme which only requires GCSEs to apply.
- Human Resources: A 2 year programme, for which you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
- Commercial Procurement: To apply for this 2 year programme, you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs.
- Project Management: For this 2 year programme, you will need to have 2 A Levels as well as 5 GCSEs.
- Project Controls: These TfL Apprenticeships take 3 years to complete and requires 5 GCSEs to apply.
- Transport Planning: For this 2 year programme, you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
To find out more about TfL Apprenticeships in Business, click here.
TfL Apprenticeships: Engineering
There are a wide range of Engineering roles on offer via the TfL Apprenticeships programme. For example:
- London Underground: These TfL Apprenticeships take 3 years to complete. You must have at least 5 GCSEs to apply. Roles include Fleet, Track, Signals and Engineering.
- Building Services: These roles take 5½ years to complete. To apply, you must have 3 A Levels as well as at least 5 GCSEs.
- Building Surveying: This programme runs for 3 years. You must have at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
- Rail for London Infrastructure: A 3 year programme for which you must have at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
- Rail Signal Design Engineer: Another 3 year programme which requires at least 5 GCSEs.
- Trams: These TfL Apprenticeships take 4 years to complete. You should have at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
- Vehicle Maintenance: This programme takes 3 years to complete and requires at least 5 GCSEs.
To find out more about TfL Apprenticeships in Engineering, click here.
TfL Apprenticeships: Technology
If you are interested in IT and Technology, then these TfL Apprenticeships will be worth considering:
- Software Development: These TfL Apprenticeships take 18 months to complete, at either Level 3 or Level 4. To apply for the Level 3 programme, you should have at least 5 GCSEs. The Level 4 programme also requires at least 2 A Levels.
- IT Technician: This is a 2 year programme which requires at least 5 GCSEs to apply.
To find out more about TfL Apprenticeships in Technology, click here.
How can I apply for TfL Apprenticeships?
Hopefully this blog has shown you there are many TfL Apprenticeships waiting for you. The training you receive will be first-class, and it will be just the start of a rewarding career in the industry. The qualifications you will earn will allow you to progress as you gain further experience.
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