Transport for London (TfL) confirmed today (7 March) that it has created 175 new apprenticeship positions and is welcoming applications from people who want to play their part in keeping London moving.
There are 30 extra positions available compared with 2016. TfL apprenticeship schemes cover a range of areas, from engineering to finance and project management.
The apprenticeships offer a variety of qualifications and some of them, such as the General Management scheme, allow apprentices the chance to study towards a degree at the same time. Helping people earn and learn at the same time through an apprenticeship encourages, rather than deters, people from pursuing further education.
TfL is working to build a diverse workforce that reflects the city that it serves and to encourage innovation. TfL assesses a candidate’s potential according to their strengths and interests alongside their current capability. Other selection processes can benefit people from higher socio-economic backgrounds, where applicants may have had more opportunities to gain relevant work experience and access to professional networks.
Tricia Wright, Human Resources Director at TfL, said: “Our apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for those looking to start a new career and earn as they learn.
“There are a number of different career paths on offer, from transforming our roads and stations to make them better environments, to harnessing the power of data to keep London moving, working and growing. Our apprenticeships are open to not only those leaving school, but to anyone who wants to try something different.”
For the fifth year in a row, TfL will be hosting an Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair at City Hall on Thursday 9 March. Those attending the fair will be able to discover what the transport industry has to offer them, with around 400 apprenticeship positions at TfL and its suppliers being advertised on the day.
The transport industry is currently facing a skills gap and it is vital that organisations work together to tackle the challenge. The Government’s Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy aims for 30,000 new apprenticeships to be created across the sector by 2020.