Transport Planning Apprenticeship - TFL - Advanced (Level 3)

Training Provider:

Transport For London

£19,663 (to be reviewed when London living wage is announced)
40.0 hours per week
duration: 3 Years
start: 1 September 2020
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Advanced (Level 3)
Transport planning technician (apprenticeship standard)
10 positions available
30 April 2020 (application closing date)

Level 3

Apprenticeship Framework/Standard:
Transport Planning Technician

3 years



£19,663 (reviewed in line with London Living Wage)

Job overview

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. It takes a range of different disciplines to make these changes happen, including engineering, data analysis, computer modelling, project management and public communications – all of which you will get to engage with on this apprenticeship.

What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, your three-year development programme will be made up of four six-month placement rotations, followed by a final year End Point Assessment bringing together everything you have learned. 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

Placement 1 – Planning Projects – Conducting research and data analysis to support some of TfL’s biggest projects; communicating with stakeholders; supporting the selection of preferred options.

Placement 2 – Works Master Planning – Assessing the impact of major works and developments on TfL’s roads; analysing plans and communicating with developers to ensure proposals do not present safety risks or adversely impact our network; engaging with contractors to demonstrate the benefits of active travel strategies.

Year 2

Placement 3 – Bus Network Planning – Assessing the performance of TfL’s bus routes; consulting the public and using data to identify performance improvements; working with teams across TfL to deliver these improvements and increase the efficiency of the bus network

Placement 4 – 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, and is by no means exactly what your placement structure will look like – 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.

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 are;

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

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

Where can this career take me?

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into 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. .

What training and support will you get?

You will be working towards a BTEC Level 3 Transport Planning Technician qualification.

Typically, you will be required to attend training at college for eight two-week block placements. Travel and accommodation expenses will be provided by TfL.

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, your Placement Manager and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a more experienced apprentice from the scheme.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 4 and above including Maths and English language.

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.

You must be 16 years of age by 1st September 2020 to be eligible for this scheme.

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About the employer

From the famous red buses and black cabs to the Tube, TfL is responsible for virtually every mode of transport in the city.

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