TfL 2024 graduate opportunities

Company Company Profile

With a population of over 8.6 million and more than 17 million visitors every year, London is a city that’s always on the move. Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for looking after the intricate planning and everyday operation of the Capital's transport system.

Join us on one of our graduate schemes or student placements as well as enjoying some exciting career opportunities, your work could make a real impact on the future of the Capital - and the lives of the people who live, work and visit here.

You will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:

  • Free travel on the TfL network for you and a nominee who lives in the same household
  • Discounted national rail and Eurostar travel
  • 30 days Annual leave (Pro rata dependent on role) plus public and bank holidays
  • Final salary pension scheme
  • Private health care discounted scheme
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
  • Retail, health, leisure, and travel offers & many more

    TFL Industry sectors:

· Engineering

· Environmental

· Property

· Public Sector

· Science & Technology

· Media

· Finance

· Computing & IT

· Architecture

· Advertising & PR

Training & Profiles

Our award-winning teams will support your ongoing development, through a wide range of on-the-job practical experience and placements, online training, mentoring and structured networking.

You'll also receive one-to-one guidance throughout the graduate programme from your:

· Placement manager: Responsible for your day-to-day management and support with your development

· Scheme sponsor: A senior manager who acts as a technical and professional adviser and has line manager responsibility

· Buddy: Usually an apprentice or graduate who gives support to you and ensure that you feel welcomed in the organisation

· Development adviser: Supports your professional development through providing career coaching and career progression at TfL

Spatial Planning:

Previous Assistant Planners at TfL share their experiences:

“The placement has developed my skills enormously and allowed me to work with such a great set of people who are so skilled in the planning profession. I was made to feel so welcomed and I felt like a valued member of the team.”

“I have had the chance to work on some fantastic projects with some great people. I am excited to go back to university and put my new knowledge to the test.’’

“Having great people around at work matters! At TfL, I got to work alongside the best teammates and forged friendships with many of them. As a result, the time I spent at TfL has also been a wonderful personal experience that I cherish deeply to date. If you’re lucky enough to be offered a placement at TfL, don’t hesitate, just go for it!’’

Civil Engineering Graduate:

TfL is the best possible company to start off my civil engineering career. Also, the free Oyster card for myself and my mother is a great cherry on top of the cake!

— Kajana Sivapathasundararajah, Civil Engineering graduate

Engineering & Technology Graduate:

“There is a huge amount of opportunity to shape your graduate scheme towards your interests – I have been able to pursue my passion in decarbonisation across Bus Electrification, Infrastructure Carbon Modelling, Solar PV Cell installations and more”

Jane, Engineering and Technology Graduate (Systems stream)


“The Quantity Surveying Graduate scheme allowed me to work on a variety of projects, some of which are the highest profile projects in London such as the Northern Line Extension. The diverse nature of the projects ensured I gained wide-ranging experience which aligned with TfL objectives and my own personal goal to become a chartered Quantity Surveyor.” – Toby, former Quantity Surveying Graduate

Commercial Real Estate Graduate:

Starting the Commercial Real Estate Graduate Scheme in the Property Management team has given me a great insight into how valuable the next two years will be. I’ve been able to delve straight into the work, managing my own portfolio of Arches. Every day is different at TfL, ranging from site-visits, meetings, office work and projects. I look forward to gaining experience and skills in all my rotations, whilst working towards my APC. TfL offers many opportunities and support, and I believe is a great place to start your property career as a graduate.

Lora, Commercial Real Estate Graduate

Fire Graduate:

"Throughout my journey in the fire engineering scheme, I've refined my technical proficiency while cultivating crucial soft skills. The opportunity to collaborate with a dedicated and highly skilled team has been instrumental in advancing my professional growth. Furthermore, the program has provided me with valuable insights from other disciplines, including operations, materials, sustainability and diversity and inclusion. This exposure has expanded my outlook on effective problem-solving and innovation. Embracing this comprehensive approach to fire engineering has not only personally enriched me but has also played a significant role in our shared mission of enhancing the safety of TfL's network for all."

Sedu – Fire Engineering Graduate

Mechanical Graduate Scheme:

"I love that I can tailor my placements to help target my specific interests and development objectives, from track to rolling stock and everything in between. The mix between site and office work really helps my understanding as a visual learner and makes no day the same!

Everyone on the scheme and supporting the scheme are so friendly and encouraging - I know I have made the right decision for myself and my career joining the TfL graduate scheme." - Olivia, Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Geoepgrahic Information Systems:

"Joining the GIS Strategic Analysis Team at TfL has been a pivotal decision in my career journey. While I've had the chance to contribute to multiple projects, my primary focus has been on the Connectivity Project. This project focuses on developing a tool that measures connectivity at local, regional, and strategic levels across different services in London, enabling us to plan for the city's growth effectively. This experience has not only expanded my technical skills but also deepened my interests in spatial analysis and urban planning.

Moreover, the supportive work culture at TfL is truly exceptional. Colleagues here are genuinely helpful and approachable, creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable asking questions and seeking assistance. This atmosphere of collaboration and shared learning has not only broadened my horizons but also instilled in me a deep appreciation for the impactful work we do together as a team."


Application Procedure

You will receive support and information around each assessment stage as you progress through your application.

Please see link on TfL website providing further guidance

Please pay close attention to emails and deadlines provided noting you have 1 week to complete assessments and we cannot re-issue these tests. Please note, we are expecting this scheme to be in high demand and may close applications earlier than advertised.

Assessment centres for graduates and intern roles will take place from November-January, please note that many roles only have 1 assessment day and we are unable to guarantee additional dates. We are conducting assessment centres in person and virtually (role dependent).

Inclusive Recruitment Process

We operate a transparent recruitment process that removes barriers for candidates with a disability. Please let us know if you require reasonable adjustments for any stages of the application process.

We're a Disability Confident employer, and we offer guaranteed interviews to candidates who apply via the scheme where the minimum criteria for skills, knowledge and experience has been met.

In High Volume campaigns including Graduate, Apprentice and Intern recruitment the minimum criteria we set is achieving a pass mark in our first stage assessments, adopting a proportionate approach as part of the Disability Confident scheme.