Solve tomorrow’s problems today.
“I love this role for two reasons. The first is that it is a problem solving role whereby I have the freedom to solve any traffic issue London faces however I deem fit so long as it is safe, cost effective and legal. The second is that I can tangibly see the difference I have made in the city because my designs are built on the roads. This definitely makes the role worthwhile!” – Taha, Highways and Traffic Engineer
How long: 3 years
What you’ll need:
- A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* – C or Grade 4 and above, including Maths and English Language (or equivalents)
- To be 18 years old by start date
Transport for London (TfL) Engineers are always looking forward and delivering solutions for our transport infrastructure to meet the demands and requirements of our customers and to ensure that we’re ready for the 21st century and beyond.
The Highways and Traffic apprenticeship is an exciting three-year developmental programme for people who want to be involved in the design of traffic infrastructure as well as the management and assurance of design elements on our road network. London’s road network carries by far the greatest volume of traffic of all modes. Not just people but also goods, materials and essential services including our emergency services.
Our Engineers in Highways and Traffic focus on the development and implementation of engineering solutions to ensure that our diverse road users and different modes of travel are catered for and can continue to move about and and assets that form the foundation of our transport network’s building infrastructure.
We are looking into the future as well in the area of autonomous vehicles and other associated technology. This could mean designing for the interaction of these vehicles with the road environment, our signals equipment and road users. We have a massive part to play to ensure this interface happens efficiently and you could play a part as a Highways and Traffic technician in supporting this work.
As a Highways and Traffic Engineering apprentice, you’ll work with of our teams and assist in designing transport infrastructure which could include cycle lanes, improvements to active travel, transformational highways schemes like Elephant and Castle gyratory removal or Silvertown tunnel, bus priority schemes and improvements to junctions to make them safe and accessible for our customers. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy for London guides us in what measures we design and implement on London’s Roads.
On this programme, you will develop valuable skills and gain a broad range of industry experience by taking the first step on a career path in engineering and the future of London’s roads.
What do we look for?
Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented apprentices form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who;
- Relish a challenge
- Are highly motivated
- Promote a safety conscious culture
- Demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving
As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value. You will have plenty of opportunity to develop -both on the job with the full support of our excellent engineers and through classroom-based learning. The challenges we will set will push you to achieve things that you are genuinely proud off.
If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London, then this is the career path for you.
What will I be doing?
Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from experienced and qualified staff through various placements across the organisation to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning.
Placement 1 – Highways & Traffic (Traffic Engineering) – (Six months) – You will become familiar with the use of data to inform the design of elements of our road network including cycle lanes, bus lanes, urban environment changes, junction changes etc. You will be able to develop solutions and options by using data and by adopting common sense while aligning to industry standards. You will learn how to use specialist software in designing including AutoCAD, AutoTrack and KeySigns.
Placement 2 – Highways & Traffic (Traffic Signal control) – (Six months) – You will assist our team of engineers in designing and implementing our traffic control assets which include road traffic signals, variable message signs, over-height vehicle detection, CCTV, safety cameras and road tunnel traffic control. You will be involved in the calculation of safety critical timings related to the operation of our signal junctions and ensure any changes to our assets comply with industry standards.
Placement 3 – London New Works contractor/supplier (Six months) – It is important to understand the final delivery stages of our transport infrastructure asset. On this placement you will be able to work with our contractors to gain knowledge on various TfL schemes that are being done on site. This will include essential traffic management and permitting arrangements and how schemes are priced. You will also get involved in planning maintenance of our assets along their life cycle
Placement 4 – Network Performance/Modelling (Six months) – Understanding the capacity of our network and how our proposed schemes perform is crucial to any work we do. We will explore opportunities to join our in-house network performance team to learn and develop skills in modelling and how output from our simulation models is used to make important decisions on what gets built
Placement 5 – Civil Engineering Placement (Six months) – Our bigger transport infrastructure family includes the civils and built environment team. They provide service on our railway structures as well as highways structures. A placement in this domain will help to grasp analytical skills and process in planning, designing, constructing, and inspecting these assets (including buildings).
Placement 6 – Highways and Traffic – Highways and Road Safety Audit Team (Six months) – You will spend the last placement with our road safety team and highways team. The Highways team include our arboriculture team who look after our trees on the road network. In the road safety team, you will be able to evaluate road safety data, spatial analysis and derive patterns or suggest remedial actions to collision black spots. You will also gain understanding of some of the different road user groups including vulnerable users who use our network.
We will explore the possibility of having a placement in the Health and Safety team as a replacement or addition to what has been listed above.
Where can this career take me?
Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into Technician Engineer in one of our Highways and Traffic teams. From here, you could have the opportunity to continue developing into one of our resident technical discipline experts and progress into senior engineer or leadership roles.
The qualification you will earn is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE, the chartered institute of highways and transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)and the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
What training and support will you get?
You will be working towards a Level 3 qualification in Civil Engineering. Typically, you will be required to attend college for 1 day per week during term time, this is currently being delivered remotely.
For the duration of the scheme you’ll have a business sponsor that is responsible for the design and delivery of the apprenticeship scheme. They will help secure the right placements for you and support you in your professional development. You’ll also have a mentor that’ll support and guide you sharing their knowledge and expertise. Finally, you can expect to have a buddy, a previous apprentice from this scheme. Your buddy can answer any day to day questions you have and share their experiences with you.
We have an established Graduate and Apprentice Committee as well as an Alumni group, these groups are powerful networks in developing your understanding of the organisation, different apprenticeship schemes and opportunities to develop your career. Many current graduates and apprentices believe this to be a powerful support network and they often hold apprentice only events that are very beneficial to your continued learning.