Transport for London (TfL) has embraced a new wave of graduates, apprentices, and interns, highlighting its commitment to fostering fresh talent and diversity. Over 260 young professionals joined TfL in September, engaging in over 50 diverse schemes, ranging from engineering and technology to human resources. This initiative allows these individuals to develop their skills while contributing to critical projects that keep London’s transportation system running smoothly.
TfL’s success in promoting diversity is evident: 42% of the graduates entering their programmes in September were women. Additionally, TfL’s apprenticeships saw a significant increase in candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds, now constituting 58% of the intake. The number of graduates and interns from ethnic minority backgrounds has also risen to an impressive 60% over the past year, exceeding London’s working population demographics at 36%.
In a notable step towards sustainability, TfL introduced its first sustainability apprenticeship scheme. The move aligns with its vision to become the green heart of London and promote a greener, healthier, and more sustainable urban environment. Guided by a network of sustainability professionals within the organisation, participants will contribute to TfL’s sustainability goals, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop innovative tools and practices to advance progress towards a net-zero transport network.
As TfL continues to expand – with projects like new trains on the Piccadilly line and Docklands Light Railway and numerous improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure throughout the city – the demand for young talent is on the rise.
These newcomers to the transport industry will be given the chance to contribute to these world-class initiatives and support the day-to-day operations that are vital to keeping London on the move.
Katy Munford, a TfL Corporate Finance Graduate, shared her excitement, stating, “Working for a company such as TfL offers the opportunity to do truly meaningful and rewarding work for the people of London. Its commitment to sustainability and the environment was an important factor in my application, as I wanted to work for a company that is environmentally and socially conscious.”
Lily Morl, a TfL Recruitment Resourcer Apprentice, highlighted the support network within TfL, stating, “Being able to have connections with other apprentices and grads on different schemes has been a great support network. In my first week, I met so many different people from various schemes during corporate and local induction, and the whole TfL team has been so welcoming.”
In 2023, TfL was honoured with the Times Graduate Employer of Choice for Transportation and Logistics, as voted for by final year undergraduate students. This marks the 11th time TfL has received this prestigious award since 2007.
For more information on how TfL supports individuals in overcoming barriers to employment or education, visit their website.