1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently I am shadowing my mentor on a major project attending Business case meetings, meeting with key stakeholders and reviewing current contracts which need to renegotiated. As well as this I manage smaller projects on my own which I use as case studies for my NVQ evidence.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, over the last 2 months as well as stregthing my current skills I am also attend college once a week in preperation of exams where we learn in depth economics and supply chain.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the job, my mentor focuses on making sure I have a variation of work instead of running similar projects, this was each project has different methods to be approached. Also I am constantly walked through new stages to consider and learning what needs to be done
4. How valued do you feel by Transport for London?
TFL work hard to ensure that graduates and apprentices are looked after, when you start there is a variation of welcome events organised by TFL or just staff wanting to make you feel welcome. They also make sure you are always invloved with whats happening in the company and the department with frequent notice boards and email bulletins
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
This is the first year this specific apprenticeship has ran within TFL and the structure works well, we have 6 months in a placement and move 4 times within the apprenticeship this gives us experience with 4 different areas of the business and allows us to have a wider background on the business and the different types of projects
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training externally is once a week and works hard to make sure we hit the targets we need to be meeting to stay ahead of the course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My mentor also works with me everyday walking me through my work and making sure that what I am doing is correct
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I live outside of London due to the high living costs and commute in, TFL have a generous reimbursement scheme which helps cover the cost of the commute, however unlike some apprentices I don't live at home and pay rent and living costs etc which the salary can be a bit of a stretch if you have bills to pay, however in comparison to other apprenticeships they pay a considerable wage to what the minimum requirement as they abide to the Mayors standards.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of social activites that take part in TFL, within the team and the whole company, there are fitness clubs, cycling clubs, tennis clubs which have a regular location and can turn up on the agreed days to meet new people
9. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
The company reward there apprentices and are deicated to making sure you achieve relevant qualifications as well as learning the experiences of doing the job yourself.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
After applying for the job and completing the online tests I didnt hear back for a very long time, a couple of months so just be aware of the waiting times.