Graduate Opportunity

Quantity Surveying Graduates

Start Date: September 2021

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TfL keeps London working, moving and growing - but we can only do this through our talented people.  We’re a high-profile organisation with countless opportunities to offer that will enhance your skills and develop your career. Our work is big-budget with a capital investment of around £2billion each year, so we look for the best people who are passionate about the continued success of London. 

Quantity Surveyors are at the heart of London’s growth transforming our infrastructure. We need the next generation of quantity surveyors to develop solutions for the city’s challenges of today, from mass urbanisation to diminishing resources.

We know that quantity surveyors play a valuable role in ensuring that projects are delivered successfully to transform the capital into a city for all Londoners. A career in surveying helps to shape the city we live in.

TfL Graduates

We invest a lot in our graduates because you are our future.

What will I be doing?

As a graduate, your three year development programme will be made up of up to six placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone’s career is different, so every graduate’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

Placement 1 - Road Improvements - Surface Directorate - 6 months

Reviewing a feasibility report on changing a section of London road to a pedestrian route only, Creating a Cost Plan and Budget to understand if these works are a business priority, engaging a expert Engineer to check the influence of removing a road from the London network.


Placement 2 - Procurement Team – Commercial and Finance Directorate - 6 months

Writing a procurement strategy for new signalling equipment on the Metropolitan Line, undertaking early market engagement and checking what technology improvements are available, writing an ‘invitation to tender’, commencing a procurement and advertising the works.

Placement 3 - Accessibility Programme – 6 months

Reviewing and negotiating change via Contract Admin.  Reviewing and approving month applications.  Cost reporting and forecasting.

Placement 4 - Track Maintenance – Operations Directorate - 6 months

Reviewing a train requirement after technical inspection, placing an order to repair a part/section of track on our network, paying a Contractor who has completed the works or repairs.

After your first 2 years on the scheme, the 6 monthly placements will move to yearly placements which will allow you to tailor and choose placements based on preferred specialism.

What do we look for?

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proof for millions of Londoners. Our talented graduates form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who are;

  • Highly motivated and have a willingness to learn
  • Have a creative approach to problem solving 
  • Enthusiastic and have an inquisitive mind

As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value from day one.  If you are excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London and are up for a challenge and thrive under pressure, then this is the career path for you. 

Where can this career take me?

Our graduate quantity surveyors have the opportunity to make a huge impact. Typically, within three years of completion you could become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) which opens more opportunities worldwide. You could move towards Assistant Commercial Manager managing a variety of complex projects which would further enhance your experience and career life. 

What training and support will you get?

Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements.  We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your line manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a second year of the scheme.  

During and after the graduate scheme we'll support you 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. You will also be invited to a monthly 'APC Forum' to share information and ideas.

We also have an established Graduate and Apprentice Committee and Alumni group, who organise informative events to enhance your understanding of the organisation and provide opportunities to develop your career. They also provide valuable support for the wellbeing of current graduates.

Entry requirements

Candidates must already hold or be on track to achieve a minimum of 2:2 in Quantity Surveying or equivalent accredited by RICS or a RICS accredited Quantity Surveying post grad diploma.

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