Human Resources Apprenticeship - Foundation Degree (Level 5)

TfL (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Annual wage £21,846.00
35.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times to be confirmed.
2 years (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
HR Consultant / Partner (apprenticeship standard)
4 positions available
12 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

A role in Human Resources at TfL is all about the people that keep London moving. Your role will contribute towards ensuring we hire, develop and support the employees at the heart of our business, by making sure the right people, with the right experience and skills, are in the right jobs.


You'll begin a comprehensive development programme designed to kick start your successful career in HR. A combination of practical, on the job experience and theory will combine to give you an overview of best professional practise, resourcing and talent planning, performance management and employment law.

As an apprentice, your 2 year development programme will be made up of up to five placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone’s career is different, so every apprentice’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

Year 1:

In your first year on the scheme, you will complete 3 compulsory placements in the following areas:

HR Services - Customer Delivery

First line response dealing with business queries, gaining an in-depth knowledge of our policies and how things work at TfL.

Employee Communications & Engagement

Develop and deliver high quality, effective internal communications to engage our employees, driving performance. This also provides experience in coaching and giving strategic advice to our senior managers. 

Employee Matters

Applying practical employment law knowledge to support our business to manage cases including discipline, grievance, and performance.

Year 2:

HR Strategy

This placement provides the opportunity to specialise in a more technical area of HR, which can include, Talent, Reward, Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion, Pensions and Employee Relations

HR Business Partner

In the second year, you will complete a placement supporting an HR Business Partner with a range of initiatives including talent and resourcing, change programmes and organisational structure and design.

The order in which these placements take place may vary due to business requirements. We appreciate your flexibility on this.

Future Prospects

You'll gain a CIPD Level 5 in Applied Human Resources and become a CIPD associate member. Through a combination of on-the-job learning and classroom training, you’ll develop the diverse skills and understanding needed for a successful career in HR. This foundation can lead to a role in employee case management, recruitment, learning and development, talent, diversity and inclusion, or business partnering depending on which areas you have developed interests in on the scheme.

Reality Check

You must be 18 years of age by 6th September 2021 or over to be eligible for this scheme due to Health and Safety requirements.

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include: 

  • Travel concessions - Oyster card covering zones 1-6 (covering London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink and London's bus services displaying a red roundel)
  • 29 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
  • 75% reimbursement of annual standard class season ticket loans if you use National Rail services to travel to and from work
  • Discounted Eurostar travel
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle2work scheme - tax efficient savings to reduce tax and National Insurance if you cycle to work

Skills Required

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 are:

  • Strong communicators
  • Able to influence and engage
  • Proactive and able to demonstrate initiative

As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value.  If you’re excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London then this is the career path for you.

Qualities Required

We’re looking for potential in all of our apprentices. We are looking for somebody who can demonstrate our behaviours which are Active, Accountable, Direct, Fair and Consistent and Collaborative.

Qualifications Required

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above including maths and English language (or equivalent) plus 2 A-Levels in any subject at grade A* - D or equivalent.

You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level in a related subject or have already studied content from the qualification for this scheme.

Training Provided

Training Provider to be confirmed.

You will be working towards a Level 5 qualification in Human Resource Management.

Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements.  We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a more experienced apprentice from the scheme. 

We also 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.

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