Transport for London (TfL) has today announced that it has created over 200 new graduate trainee roles for 2015 as it continues its investment in the next generation of transport professionals.
With its population set to rise from 8.4m today to 10m by 2030, it is vital that London has a transport network capable of keeping the city working and growing and making life in the capital better. A team of dedicated and highly qualified staff is essential to delivering that. In September 2014, TfL welcomed 130 new graduates who are contributing to some of the biggest projects in the world which are vital to the future of the city and the national economy.
As part of a wholesale modernisation of the road and public transport networks, their work includes:
London's Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: `London is the economic engine of the UK and our transport system is at the heart of it. With around 30 million journeys undertaken every day, what we do is central to supporting jobs and growth across the UK. We hire the very best staff to deliver for our customers and users on this massive scale.As part of that, we are recruiting a record 200 graduate trainees with a whole range of backgrounds to start in September 2015. With real responsibility given to them from day one, they will ensure that London keeps working and growing to the benefit of the whole country.'
The graduate trainees will support the growth of the transport network by working in roles such as engineering, project management, transport planning, commercial, information management, finance and marketing roles.
In September 2014, 30 per cent of TfL's new graduates were women. Given the broad range of roles that TfL offers, it will also use the next recruitment round to encourage more women to consider a future in the transport industry. In addition to the graduate schemes, TfL also offers apprenticeships, is a sponsor of the Royal Greenwich University Technical College and offers volunteering opportunities to TfL staff through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Ambassador Scheme where they go into schools to speak to school children about the different opportunities available at TfL.
As well as placements across the organisation, all TfL graduate trainees also spend time in frontline roles across TfL's network to get a first-hand experience of providing Tube, bus, rail and other services to customers.
Since 2007, TfL has consistently appeared in the Graduate Times 100 list for best companies to work for, as voted by graduates. TfL was the highest climber in this year's list, moving 36 places up, as well as being voted Employer of Choice in the Transport & Logistics Award category.
TfL Marketing Graduate trainee, Shelley Hepburn, said: `I have been on the scheme for just over a year now and have had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects, including the consultation of Crossrail 2, the promotion of the Visitor Oyster card and the launch of contactless payments on the London transport network.
'Moving across different departments has given me the chance to work on a diverse set of projects and see the business from a different angle. TfL's graduate scheme is great because you get to see your work helping millions of people across London every day. Anyone looking for a challenge and an opportunity to do work that changes London should definitely apply.'
Crossrail Ltd has also taken on 13 new graduate trainees this September. The trainees will be working on Europe's largest construction project which will transform the rail network in London and the South East when it opens in 2018. The graduate trainees will work alongside the project management team, contractors and designers delivering the Crossrail project. Crossrail Ltd has opened applications for 2015 graduate trainee roles. Successful applicants recruited from degree courses in a range of engineering and commercial disciplines will join a two-year programme.
Dawn Barker, Head of Human Resources at Crossrail said: `Our programme gives graduates a fantastic start to their career and provides them with the opportunity to work alongside some of the UK's best and most experienced professionals in their field. Our graduate trainees won't just help with the delivery of Crossrail, we hope that their talent and skills will go on to benefit future infrastructure projects in London and around the country.`
TfL and Crossrail Ltd are committed to developing and maintaining the skills and talent of their workforce through training, graduate schemes and apprenticeships. The two organisations currently employ over 28,000 employees directly and support nearly 60,000 jobs outside London with 26,500 of those jobs supported in London through their supply chains. Many of these roles are in highly skilled disciplines and TfL and Crossrail Ltd have a vital role to play in making sure these skills are maintained and developed into the future. In the last four financial years, 449 graduate roles have been created by TfL and Crossrail Ltd.
TfL's graduate schemes include: