Transport for London (TfL) has taken on a record number of apprentices (156) this month (September) as it continues to invest in the next generation of transport professionals.
The new intake brings the total number of apprenticeships created by TfL and its supply chain in London and across the UK to 5,700 in just six years, TfL is also committing to creating a further 150 new roles in 2016.
TfL apprenticeships are giving people an opportunity to earn and learn at the same time, with apprentices working on vital transport projects such as the Northern line extension to Battersea, Crossrail trains and depot, the Bank station upgrade and the modernisation of London’s roads.
London’s population is rising rapidly and is expected to grow by an additional 1.4 million people to 10 million by 2030, growth equivalent to two full buses every day. Apprentices will play a vital role in ensuring that the transport network can continue to support the new homes, jobs and economic growth that this demands in the Capital and across the UK.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “An apprenticeship with TfL is a great way for young people in our city to learn valuable new skills and to get their foot on the career ladder. From Crossrail and upgrades on the Tube, to the roll out of major new projects on the roads, apprentices are playing a fantastic role in the evolution and improvement of transport in the Capital. By investing in apprentices today, TfL is helping to build the workforce of tomorrow, which will keep London and its economy moving.”
Kimberly Hepburn, a TfL quantity surveying apprentice, said: “When I finished Sixth Form, I decided to look at something that would broaden my experience and give me a real career opportunity. I found TfL’s quantity surveying apprenticeship role online and it was clear from their advert that they were an organisation dedicated to developing the new generation of apprentices, investing valuable time and money into our future through education and training.”