Planning and Development (Year in Industry) - Transport for London (TFL)


Salary: £21,864

Location: Victoria, London

You will be expected to be in the office 4 days a week. With agreement from your manager you may work from home one day per week.

What we offer 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

· Minimum 28 days Annual leave (Pro rata dependent on role) plus public and bank holidays. · Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme

· Retail, health, leisure and travel offers & many more

Duration: 1 year

Entry requirements

You will be at university working towards a minimum of a 2:2 degree in urban planning, geography or another relevant real-estate discipline.

You will need to have completed at least two years of university by September 2024 to be eligible for this scheme

Proposed start date: 9th September 2024 (pro rata)

Job overview

You will be working for Places for London, a dedicated commercial property company set up by TfL to manage its commercial estate and property development. It plays a key role in shaping London.

TfL owns a 5,700 acres estate that includes land and properties, with huge potential for creating the homes and jobs the Capital needs. Our landholdings can play a vital role in meeting the Mayor's priorities to build affordable homes and the generation of thriving mixed use places, while generating revenue to re-invest in improving our transport network. We are committed to creating a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city.

You will be working in the Planning and Design (P&D) team whose role is to: provide strategic and development management planning advice to teams working across Places for London; engage with boroughs to secure appropriate planning policies and site allocations; lead the planning process and secure permission for our schemes; liaise with all stakeholders on planning matters; and take the lead within Places for London on design, quality and sustainability.


Sustainability is intrinsic to TfL’s work ethos, and we ensure that we operate in a sustainable way to protect and regenerate the natural world.

You will help to implement our Sustainable Development Framework and the Mayors ‘good growth’ agenda on projects.

What will I be doing?

You will be a Planning and Development Assistant in the Property Development, P&D team; helping realise Mayoral objectives to deliver new homes, affordable housing, high quality place making and income generation through the development of TfL property across the commercial estate. You will undertake planning research, appraise potential development sites and opportunities, review planning policy, provide planning advice to colleagues and generally support the progression of development schemes.

Whilst you will be part of the P&D team, the role will also provide opportunities for you to gain experience of other roles in property development. You will work closely with other parts of TfL, the GLA, local authorities, developers, consultants, and other key stakeholders.

You will make a valuable contribution to exciting and innovative projects in London, helping you to develop your understanding of the planning and the development process.

Our aim is to equip you with a range of skills and experience to supplement your degree studies and help you embark upon your successful career.

Where can this career take me?

Students who have competed this programme have secured positions as planning consultants in large London real-estate practices. This Year in Industry placement would also be relevant to those seeking built-environment careers in:

· Housebuilding and other development

· Surveying

· Property research and data

· Academia

· Innovation

· Sustainability

· Local Government

· Civil Service

· Political and corporate communications

What training and support will you get?

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

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

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

· 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

What do we look for?

Our core values are extremely important to us, and we desire candidates who are:

· Caring about our colleagues, our customers and our work

· Open to each other, to new ideas and to working together

· Adaptable to diverse needs and willing to innovate

Assessment process

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

Please see TfL site for 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.

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.

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