Boris Johnson lauds scheme allowing 12 apprentices to attend college while getting hands-on experience

Transport for London (TfL) has joined forces with five suppliers to create a programme offering 12 new apprenticeship opportunities in quantity surveying. 

The Greater London Authority’s supplier skills team has helped to develop a programme which meets the needs of TfL and its supply chain, as well as providing opportunities for new entrants to the industry.  

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has set a target of 100,000 apprenticeships in London by the end of next year, and this programme forms part of TfL’s commitment to deliver more than 2,500 positions internally and through its suppliers by 2012.

TfL is working in partnership with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT), Balfour Beatty, EC Harris, Morgan Sindall, Franklin + Andrews and Wates on the scheme, which will enable 12 young people to train as quantity surveyors while working on a range of projects across London, including the upgrade of stations such as Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, the Sub Surface Rail upgrade and Crossrail.  

The apprenticeships began in September and will last for two years.

As the CSTT specifically targets young Londoners from disadvantaged communities, the apprenticeships were allocated to young people who would otherwise have struggled to access employment. 

Apprentices attend college one day a week and spend the rest of the time getting hands on experience with their employer.  

On completion of the two year apprenticeship programme, apprentices will be able to achieve Associate membership of the RICS, giving them a clear progression pathway to full chartered status.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “To reach our target of 100,000 apprenticeships in London, we will need to work with a really broad cross section of employers to make sure there are as many routes as possible for apprentices to find their way into professional jobs. This new apprenticeship scheme, developed by TfL in partnership with business, is great news for budding quantity surveyors and a fantastic example for us to follow in the future.”