Transport Planning (Level 3)

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Be involved in the vital planning, research and analysis behind some of TfL’s biggest projects.

Georgia, Transport Planning Apprentice“I chose transport planning as it means you could have involvement in some of TfL’s most high-profile, major projects. I’m also proud to work for such an inclusive company with so much diversity.”

— Georgia, Transport Planning Apprentice

How long: 2 years
Where: London
Salary: £19,268

What you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C/ grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English language
  • To be 16 years old by 2 September 2019

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Inquisitive and enthusiastic
  • Passionate about our vision
  • Driven to succeed

Job overview

To make sure millions of journeys are made safely and sustainably every single day, requires vital planning, research and analysis.

You’ll be involved in supporting some of TfL’s biggest projects whilst receiving a Transport Planning Technician qualification, and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation Membership.

TfL’s transport planners are responsible for ensuring that all the millions of journeys made every single day in London are safe, reliable, and sustainable.

With London’s population ever-increasing, it’s more important than ever that we deliver transport networks that encourage active travel (walking, cycling and public transport) and reduce the numbers of private cars on the roads.

What will I be doing

You’ll complete four individual six-month placements. Examples of which include:

  • Planning projects — conducting research and data analysis to support some of TfL’s biggest projects
  • Bus network planning — assessing the performance of TfL’s bus routes; consulting the public and using data to identify performance improvements
  • Network performance delivery — monitoring and adjusting traffic signal timings in real-time across London; collecting data and constructing computer models to test new scenarios and proposals on TfL roads

The above is only an example we also offer placements in a range of different areas such as Project Sponsorship, Urban Realm Planning, Legal Powers and Consents, Geographic Information Systems, and Development Planning, amongst others.

Where can this career take me

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could become an Assistant Planner or Assistant Sponsor role which could lead to further career development opportunities such as Principal Planner or Principal Sponsor.

Successful completion of the scheme will also grant you membership of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), which could lead to further opportunities both inside and outside TfL.


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