Graduate Opportunity

Highways & Traffic Graduate Scheme

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Job overview

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 high profile, delivering the Mayors Transport Strategy and ensuring London is constantly evolving, so we look for the best people who are passionate about the continued success of London.

Our engineers focus on the assets that form the foundation of our surface transport system. As a graduate engineer within Highways & Traffic you will gain vast knowledge in a range of surface engineering areas and contribute actively into the delivery of improvements that make a real difference to London. Your involvement will be wide ranging - you could be designing and commissioning traffic signal layouts, proposing and analysing the results of highway investigations, proposing London’s next cycle routes, or designing schemes to improve the safety of the travelling public. 

TfL Graduates

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

What will I be doing?

As a graduate, your two-year development programme will be made up of up to four 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 – Traffic Engineering - 3 to 9 months    
    • Developing new junction layouts to improve road safety
    • Designing a new cycle route to increase attractiveness for cyclists of all ages and abilities
    • Reviewing traffic survey data to understand how new layouts might affect traffic flow.
  • Placement 2 – Highway Engineering - 3 to 9 months    
    • Developing intrusive investigation strategies to inform project designs
    • Pavement design of asphalt carriageway renewals on London’s busiest roads
    • Technical assessment of 3rd party proposals to assess suitability for TfL’s highway
  • Placement 3 – Traffic Control Engineering - 3 to 9 months    
    • Designing and upgrading traffic signals to improve connectivity and safety
    • Commissioning traffic signals and making sure they are safe and work on street
    • Writing traffic signal specifications and testing to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Placement 4 – Road Safety - 3 to 9 months     
    • Undertaking collision analysis studies and making recommendations to improve road safety
    • Undertaking Road Safety engineering to design road safety improvements
    • Supporting Road Safety Auditing of scheme’s ensuring proposals are as safe as practical.

Placement lengths are flexible and can be tailored to an applicant’s individual career aspirations. All placements are, however, compulsory because as an organisation we are keen for our graduates to gain as much varied experience as possible.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 degree in any STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). What is important to us is a passion for engineering and successful applicants will need to demonstrate a yearning to develop in the industry. Emphasis will be on the applicant to demonstrate how they would add value building on their educational base to date.


2 years 


London, role will include a mixture of office, site and home-based working

What do we look for?

Everything we do as an organisation is to ensure that our evolving city remains future-proofed 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 ambitious with an inquisitive mind
  • Relish a challenge and are driven to succeed
  • Thrive as part of a diverse team and are motivated to add value.

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?

A career with us can be varied and will depend on your own individual aspirations and whether a leadership type role and/or technical specialism interests you. Typically, within five to eight years you will have obtained Membership of a Professional Institution and working towards Incorporated Engineer / Chartered Engineer status. This could open up opportunities to be a Senior Engineer overseeing projects and programmes and responsible for making key technical decisions. This could then lead on to a range of leadership positions, managing your own team and making strategic decisions on design, strategy, and processes.

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, this could include a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities with scheme alumni as appropriate to your chosen path. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £27,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • London (will include a mixture of office, site and home-based working)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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