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Transport for London

Transport for London (TFL) is, quite simply, unique. We are responsible for the capital's transport network – from buses, trains and roads, to cycle paths, taxis and the River Thames.

No other organisation faces the challenges we face. Or has such a high-profile impact on the lives of so many people.

On our civil engineering graduate schemes, you will be working in either London Underground or Surface Transport.

On the LU scheme, you'll have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects across the network, contributing to major renewals and upgrades and helping prepare the Tube for the 2012 Olympics.

On the Surface Transport scheme, you will work on projects such as bridge rehabilitation, new highway infrastructure and the design and implementation of bus priority and cycle schemes.

Through a combination of training and practical experience in technical, commercial and management issues, you should be able to gain chartered civil engineer status.

The training schemes include various technical and professional skills courses. You will train under an Institution of Civil Engineers Training Agreement to CEng status.

Engineering strategy and risks; maintenance and works programmes; long-term infrastructure projects; onsite works with major projects, for example, Stratford Station for the Olympic Games; and planning and delivery of renewals and upgrades.

Project management; bus priority; structures inspection; strengthening and refurbishment; highway design and scheme implementation; business planning; asset management; construction supervision.

For either scheme, you will need a degree that is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers. For the London Underground scheme you will need an MEng or a related masters degree. For the Surface Transport scheme, you will need a BEng or an MEng.


30 days annual holiday (plus eight days public and bank holidays).

£23k Starting salary in the first year with the possibility that this may rise to £26,000 in the second year, based on your performance and meeting the requirements of the scheme.

 Optional private medical insurance.

 Professional subscriptions: Institution of Civil Engineers.

 Free travel for you and one other person on the transport network. This includes the Tube, buses, Docklands Light Railway and some mainline rail services.

 Interest-free loan for the purchase of annual tickets for travel outside of the TfL network. This will be taken from your salary over 10 months.

 75% reimbursement for the purchase of annual travel tickets. This will be paid back to you with your salary over 10 months.

 Pension: Membership of TfL's final - salary pension scheme.

Sharanjit Gill

"I'm trying to get chartered civil engineer status and one of the objectives that we have to achieve is project management," says Sharanjit Gill. "Part of our programme means that we move around every six months, so I get to work with different people and get varied experience. And at the end of it TfL gets someone who's got a broad knowledge base."

"At the moment I work with railway management, south area team, on their major projects, which involves working with Greenwich Peninsular Redevelopment and the Blackwall Tunnel northbound development. Even with TfL there are so many construction projects going on that there is a lot for me to choose from. Not to mention all the work that's going to be needed for Olympic sites."

"It's not just that there are so many different areas to work in. You get to see tangible results as well. I can go out and see something that I might have designed or helped design. People are really motivated to get the job done here."

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