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Quantity surveying graduate scheme

Join us as a graduate and help shape your own future as well as London’s. 

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. Every journey matters to us. Join us on one of our graduate schemes and, as well as enjoying some exciting career opportunities, your work could also have a direct influence on the future of London and the people who live, work and visit here.

About Us 

We keep the city moving. Improving and expanding London’s transport network is central to driving economic growth, jobs and housing in our city. And the work we do at TfL has a direct impact on the lives of millions – every single day. 
As the integrated transport authority for London, we exist to keep London working and growing and to make life in London better. We are responsible for all public transport services in London, including the Underground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Rail and Trams, River Services, Cycle Hire, and 580 km of the strategic road network. But that's not all, we are currently:

  • delivering major new infrastructure such as extensions to the Northern and Metropolitan Underground lines, the Silvertown road tunnel and the Barking Riverside rail link
  • improving our network, including increasing capacity at several central London stations, fitting-out the Crossrail system and stations, and numerous highway and urban realm improvements
  • planning for London’s extraordinary growth, including Crossrail 2, the River Crossings Programme, smarter technology and Greenwich Power Station.

We are also using the latest technology and real-time travel information to keep London moving on a daily basis.

The Scheme

We manage many different modes of transport, many with budgets which run in to their billions each year. Our Underground system dates back to 1863, so one of the biggest challenges we face is upgrading our existing infrastructure while continuing to run an efficient service.

When you join us on the quantity surveying scheme, you'll play a valuable role in a number of high profile and complex projects. These could be anything from the Silvertown Road tunnel Project under the Thames to the £500m redevelopment of Victoria Underground Station. 

You could find yourself working within the Rail and Underground, Surface Transport areas or our commercial team in Corporate Services, helping to deliver some of the most exciting and challenging transport, rail, highways and engineering projects in London. 

While on our graduate training scheme your placements will be structured to ensure that you receive the experience necessary to meet your RICS APC log book requirements. Each placement will support your personal development needs, and may include: 

  • Construction processes for engineering projects, internally and externally
  • Contract administration 
  • The preparation of cost estimates advising on construction, planning, regulations and standards 
  • Design processes from conception to implementation 
  • Risk management 
  • Project management (APMP Qualifications will be offered during the scheme)
  • Health and safety

There are also several short operational placements taken at different points during the scheme, which will give a unique insight on the running of our transport network. 

You'll be contracted to work a minimum 35-hour week, although any placement in an operational environment may involve varied hours, including weekend working and shifts, dependent on your role. Office-based placements will generally involve working during usual office hours.

Training and Development 

During and after the graduate scheme you'll be supported in gaining professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) through a variety of mediums, including:

  • RICS-accredited training courses
  • In-house development schemes
  • Preparation for APC interviews and mentoring
  • A monthly ‘APC Forum’ for candidates to share information and ideas

The Benefits  

We offer a competitive starting salary of £26,000 in the first year and this could rise, depending on performance. You will also benefit from free travel on TfL’s networks with an oyster card, 75% reimbursement on the price of annual travel tickets outside the TfL network, 30 day’s annual leave and membership of the TfL pension scheme. 

What You Need To Join 

Our people have a key role to play in inspiring – and influencing – the future of London. To help us implement The Mayor’s Transport Strategy between now and 2031, we’re on the lookout for skilled, passion-driven graduates to join our dedicated team of 30,000 employees. We’re seeking bright individuals who are up for a challenge and thrive under pressure. We want great communicators and creative thinkers who embrace change and innovation and know how to put customers at the heart of everything they do.

Our assessment process consists of the following stages:
Step 1: Application form and situational strengths test
Step 2: Online ability testing
Step 3: Video interview
Step 4: Assessment Centre

More information on our assessment process, eligibility criteria and competencies can be found on our website.

So if you’re looking to make an impact on the future of the Capital – and the lives of the people who live and work here, now’s the time to make your move.

CLOSING DATE: 31/10/2016

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