As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Transport for London (TfL) is showcasing the range of apprenticeship opportunities on offer across the organisation.
TfL’s award-winning apprenticeship programme supports people of all ages, helping them to learn new skills for a future career whilst in employment.
Starting from September, 143 apprenticeships are available across the organisation with a further 25 to start in January 2023. Applicants can choose from a range of roles including 74 apprenticeships across various disciplines in London Underground, 19 positions in IT and software development and 15 roles in project management in TfL’s major projects.
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These range from Apprenticeship Levels 2 to 6, with a Level 2 apprenticeship being the equivalent of 5 GCSEs, while those on a Level 6 apprenticeship would earn a degree while gaining invaluable work experience.
In the past 13 years, around 10,000 apprentices have been taken on by TfL, through its supply chain or through the London Transport Museum and Crossrail. All of whom have gained experience and new skills while working on a vast range of projects which help shape London including the Elizabeth line, major road improvements and communication systems for staff working on London Underground.
Kieran Prashar, General Management Apprentice, TfL said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to get professional experience while still learning. You get to see different areas of the business that you didn’t even know existed.
“I’d advise anyone applying to have an open mind. You’re going to be doing things you’ve never done before – things that are completely new to you – but you’re working with experts in their field. You’ll come across lots of new and interesting challenges so it’s good to be adaptable.
Tricia Wright, Chief People Officer at TfL said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for people to earn while they learn the skills necessary for future careers. I’m proud to say that our apprenticeship programme has seen hundreds turn their passions into lifelong careers and that many are continuing to bring fresh thinking to help us and our partners here in London, and across the country, find new ways of working. Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers but anyone looking to learn new skills in their chosen industry and I encourage anyone looking to see how they can help shape the city to work with us and be part of the UK’s future.”
TfL’s supplier skills programme also looks to connect existing and future apprentices with roles across its UK-wide supply chain, helping people looking for an apprenticeship potential role among companies in all corners of the country as well as London. By doing so, apprentices not only gain the vital skills needed to keep transport running but also can help support a wider economic recovery right across the UK.