- Graduate traineeships provide excellent training and can lead to industry careers
- 2014 Crossrail and TfL graduate trainee applications have opened
Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) have welcomed 140 new graduate trainees into their organisations. The graduate trainees will work in areas including engineering, project management, transport planning, commercial, information management, finance and marketing roles. Applications for the 2014 schemes have now opened and a similar number of graduates are expected to be recruited.
Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project and will transform rail travel in London and the South East when it opens in 2018. The Crossrail Graduate Scheme will offer graduates the opportunity to work alongside project management teams, contractors and designers delivering the Crossrail project. Successful applicants recruited from courses in a range of engineering and commercial disciplines will join a two-year programme. Within the last three financial years 265 graduate roles have been created by TfL with around 130 enrolling in September 2013.
TfL is responsible for 27 million journeys a day. It operates the Tube network, London’s strategic road network, buses, DLR, Trams, Barclays Cycle Hire, the Emirates Air Line and also licences passenger services on the river. It is currently undertaking a multi billon pound transport investment programme that is delivering a faster, more efficient and comprehensive transport network for a growing population and to do so it needs a highly skilled workforce for now and in the future.
Depending on the scheme they are on, TfL graduates will spend up to three years as trainees working on projects such as the Bank Station upgrade, Barclays Cycle Hire, the Northern Line Extension and London Overground amongst many other TfL projects and services. Projects that they will be working on include contributing to the improvement of the reliability of the Tube and to making TfL’s network more accessible for passengers. All TfL graduate trainees will 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.
Crossrail’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail will transform rail travel in London and the South East. This is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to join and play a key role in delivering Europe’s largest construction project. The scheme is a great chance for graduates to work alongside world class contractors, designers and engineers and gain invaluable experience as they begin their careers.”
London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “Our transport network is currently moving a record number of passengers each year, and to upgrade and improve the services we deliver, we need highly skilled staff. Our graduate trainees will have the opportunity to work on different projects across our organisation to give them a real sense of what it takes to support 27 million journeys every day. I started as a graduate trainee in 1975 so I know that we can offer a long and fulfilling career with world class training.”
TfL and Crossrail are committed to developing and maintaining the skills and talents of their workforce. The two organisations currently employ over 28,000 employees directly and support 49,000 jobs outside London and 20,000 jobs in London through their supply chains. Many of these roles are in highly skilled disciplines and TfL and Crossrail have a vital role to play in ensuring these skills are maintained and developed into the future. It is estimated that Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities and support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs right around the UK. Three out of five businesses currently winning work on the project are based outside London and over half (58%) are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The Crossrail graduate scheme is now open to applications at www.crossrail.co.uk/graduates. Successful applicants will start in September 2014.
Graduates can apply for the 2014 TfL roles here www.tfl.gov.uk/graduates. Assessment centres will commence in November and successful applicants will start next September. Since 2007, TfL has consistently appeared in the Graduate Times 100 list for best companies to work for, as voted by graduates. TfL was also named the Graduate Employer of Choice in the Transport and Logistics sector in 2013.
Notes to Editors:
Crossrail will be recruiting graduates from a range of engineering and commercial disciplines. Successful applicants to the Crossrail graduate scheme will join a two-year programme during which they will rotate through different roles to gain a range of experience and expert knowledge of this growing sector. They will:
- Work with some of the world’s leading contractors and engineers on the Crossrail project to help identify solutions to real problems;
- Undertake the graduate development programme which focuses on personal effectiveness, development and leadership;
- Receive support from highly experienced professionals including a mentor to provide coaching and career advice; and
- Work towards professional chartered status in their relevant field.
For further information about the Crossrail’s graduate scheme, visit www.crossrail.co.uk/graduates
TfL’s graduate schemes include:
- Business analyst
- Civil engineering
- Customer experience, marketing and communications
- Electrical engineering
- Electronic engineering
- Information management
- Mechanical engineering
- Project management
- Quantity surveying
- Road network performance management
- Software engineering
- Traffic control systems engineering
- Transport planning
For further information about TfL’s graduate schemes, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/graduates