Transport for London has created more than 175 new apprenticeship positions and say it is welcoming applications from people who, “want to play their part in keeping London moving, working and growing and making life in the city better”.
There are more than thirty extra positions available compared to 2016 covering a range of areas, from engineering to finance to project management and many more.
Since 2009, TfL, its suppliers, Crossrail and the London Transport Museum have employed more than 7,600 apprentices. They have worked on vital infrastructure projects including the modernisation of key Tube stations, the construction of the Northern line extension, and the redesign of London’s road junctions to make them safer for everyone.
TfL says 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,” it says in a statement.
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.