Transport for London says it’s taken on a record 156 apprentices this month 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 says its 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.
TfL has also become one of the first employers in the UK to introduce ‘degree apprenticeships’. The degree apprenticeship is designed to bring together the best of higher and vocational education enabling apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree, whilst training on the job.
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.”
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “With our city expected to grow by 1.4 million people over the next 15 years, it is vital that we continue to invest in the people who will help build, modernise and maintain the transport network for the future. Our record number of apprentices will play a central role in this work, supporting the creation of new homes, jobs and economic growth in London and beyond.”