Transport for London

Transport for London

Transport for London

Influencing the life of London

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. Our people make sure that millions of residents, workers and visitors arrive safely at their destinations, day in, day out.

Keeping the city moving

Our remit includes everything from the Tube, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, London Trams, London River Services, Dial-a-Ride, Victoria Coach Station and Emirates Air Line, to Santander Cycles and of course, our iconic red double-decker buses. But there’s a lot more to it than that. We also regulate taxis and the private hire trade, run the Congestion Charging scheme, manage the city’s 580km red route road network and operate every one of the Capital’s 6,200 traffic signals.

And we work to ensure a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists. We’re pioneers in integrated ticketing and in providing information to help people move around London. Oyster is the world’s most popular smartcard, and contactless payment is making travel even more convenient. Real-time travel information is provided by us and through third parties, who use our data to power their apps and other services.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Aoife Considine
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineer


I joined TfL so that I could work on the oldest underground train network in the world and help keep London moving. The mechanical engineering scheme is such a unique opportunity to experience so many different areas of the company and see where your talents lie. It’s also accredited by the IMechE, with TfL providing support, training and mentorship towards gaining professional chartership.

One of the best things about working as an engineer at TfL is the support you get to take part in STEM activities. London is a metropolitan city yet much of its infrastructure is 100s of years old, which brings about interesting and exciting challenges when trying to introduce new and advancing technologies.

While with the Legacy Trains Systems team I worked on the Intelligent Sensitive Edge doors system for Victoria Line 09TS. This system aims to increase safety without incurring the delays that the current sensitive edge system faces. I got the chance to 3D print a prototype design I made and test it on a train. And as Project Engineer with the Track Plant and Depots Portfolio, I was able to take part in looking into the feasibility of introducing a new rail re-profiling machine to the LU network – a project worth of £12m.

  • Name: Savanna-Rei Rennalls
  • Degree: Civil Engineering


Having grown up in London, I have experienced the development to transport and my home area over the years. I wanted to contribute to future improvements across London to enhance the transport service used by millions of people each day. I was also drawn to how people-focused TfL are as an organisation and the support network they provide for graduates.

I was excited by the prospect of rotating around the organisation and working on different projects – I’ve had exposure to highways, structures, tunnels, major civil engineering works and customer facing experiences. I’m also committed to my professional development and believe that this maximum exposure would build up an awareness of the business as a whole.

As a Client Sponsor in the Structures and Tunnels team, I got a really good insight into project management. I had to work against deadlines, attend and contribute to meetings, prioritise work to meet programmes and make significant decisions. I enjoyed the responsibility, as I am 100% satisfied with my contributions to the organisation. My role ensured that road assets I was responsible for were being monitored via inspections and maintained by the necessary refurbishment works.

Training & Profiles

Shaping London’s future

Every journey matters to us. Yours too. To help us implement the Mayor’s Transport Strategy between now and 2031, we’re looking for bright individuals, great communicators and creative thinkers to join our dedicated team of 30,000 employees. Join us on one of our graduate schemes or student placements and, 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.

The right move for you

We offer schemes in many disciplines, covering everything from graduate opportunities and year-in-industry placements to summer placements. They are grouped into six areas: Built environment, Business, finance and communications, Engineering, Management and planning, Surveying, and Technology.

All our schemes involve working on projects where you have responsibility from the start. Whichever area of work you choose to apply for, you can expect support, training and development worthy of one of London’s largest employers. What’s more, we’ll encourage you with your professional studies, ensuring your career journey with us is as challenging, rewarding – and fulfilling – as possible.

  • Mechanical Engineering Graduate at Transport for London

    It was with two people, an enigneering manager and an HR representative. It started off with competency questions surrounding team work, communication skills, conflict resolution etc. It then went on to some technical questions in which i was given

  • TfL - Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme at Transport for London

    Online tests before the phone interview. Phone interview had standard competency questions lasting about 25-30mins. In face to face, 2 interviewers were present; one from the HR asking competency questions and the other a Senior Engineering

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The facts

Created in 2000 to manage London’s transport network

Hiring 160 graduates for 2015

It takes 28,000+ employees to keep the capital moving

A workforce representative of London's diverse communities

A Times Top 100 graduate employer