1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a TfL Apprentice QS I move from placement to placement my roles will change. On my current placement I am dealing with contract management and administration, as well assessing Contractor's application for payments. I must attend lots of meetings, and I also produce a report for the weekly progress meeting. I must deal with the team I work with on a day to day basis, and communicate with contractor.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
On my apprenticeship I have developed my computer software skills, explicitly in Excel and Word. I use and build these skills everyday in my day to day roles. I have also built communication skills as it is important that I am efficient and effective in my communication with my colleagues and contractor counter parts.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying my apprenticeship at TfL as it has shown me a new industry that I have never experienced before, and has given me an insight into how the country's infrastructure is built and operated. I am enjoying the busy nature of the day to day job, and I look forward to moving to new placements within the company
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The TfL apprenticeship is structured in a way that allows you the potential to maximise your experiences and build your knowledge across various areas. Through placement rotation I will experience a lot. The 20% study allocation time is beneficial and managers are supportive of completing your studies alongside your work. One improvement is the communication between scheme sponsors and apprentices
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive plenty of support from my employer but offering multiple placements which allows me to build knowledge and skills. In regards of day to day support, being delegated to a placement manager and sat alongside is very beneficial as it allows me to ask questions at any time which is a part of development
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The university provides a good level of training, through the provision of lectures and lecture materials and a Virtual Learning area. The means of assessment is also beneficial to me. However the quality of content and communication of content is a bit below par and it is noted that it could be improved.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The knowledge I have been taught on my university course is directly applicable and helpful to me on my day to day work, the construction module is useful for when I go on site visits and provides a greater understanding of what I am seeing going on around me. Contract modules also help as my current day to day roles are based around contracts.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
At work there is not many extra curricular activities, although socialising is common in the office. The company does advertise in opportunities to attend networking events and professional development events but in non-work related there is a lack of opportunities to take up upon. I would be interested in work sports teams.
9a. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
An impeccable work-life balance which contains work at work, study at study and separates from taking into my outside life. Furthermore the provision of 5 years work experience and a degree qualification provides me with a great opportunity to build a successful career in TfL as well as outside of the business
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
Embrace the work that TfL does in the country's capital, and understand the behaviours that drive them and aid them in their management of the capital's transport infrastructure. Be excited and enthusiastic towards the opportunities that working at TfL work provide, as it is a great and important company.
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