If anyone ever doubted the commitment of young people in finding a job then they only needed to be in Covent Garden earlier this week where more than 1,000 young people lined up to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at Transport for London (TfL).
On Tuesday 23rd January London Youth partnered with TfL to organise this event held at the London Transport Museum and marking the launch of TfL’s apprenticeship recruitment for 2018. The evening was designed to help young people aged 16-25 find the perfect career path, matching their skills to the right apprenticeship scheme from the 26 pathways available with TfL.
The event was hugely popular with over two times the anticipated number of young people attending with their youth and support workers waiting patiently for up to 60 minutes to learn about the vast range of opportunities in the transport sector.
Once inside, attendees had the chance get involved in a number of activities, including skills sessions and coding workshops, as well as to submit an application on the night. On hand to support were hiring managers from TfL, along with current and former apprentices, to answer questions and to talk about their personal experience of working for London’s biggest employer.
Naomi, a young Londoner who attended the event, said:
“Tonight has really helped to understand the different roles available to me. It’s been super useful to hear from TfL’s current apprentices about their journeys – I now have a really important decision to make as to which one of my three shortlisted schemes I am going to apply for.”
Matt Dronfield, Senior Employability Manager at London Youth, said:
“The chance to earn while you learn through an apprenticeship is becoming an increasingly popular route to employment which has been clearly demonstrated by the demand this evening. There are now more apprenticeship schemes than ever for young Londoners to consider and events like these that are designed to help young people successfully select a scheme that they will thrive in are vital.”
Tricia Wright, Human Resources Director at TfL, said:
“Apprenticeships are an excellent way for anyone, not just those leaving school, to start a career in an area that they may not have heard of or even considered before, whether that’s civil engineering, cyber security or business analysis. Working at TfL means that you get to see the impact of your work every day across the city, so it’s important not to let preconceptions hold you back from trying something new.”
At London Youth we know that planning and navigating the start of your career can be incredibly complicated in the ever-changing jobs market of our modern, globalised and increasingly technological world.
Our employability programme, Talent Match London, is supporting 2,500 young Londoners who are furthest away from the labour market into sustained employment. We focus on outreach using creative ways to engage young people who are disengaged and work with employers to co-create opportunities for young people to gain work experience to become better prepared for the world of employment.
If you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeship opportunities with TfL then you can find applications for all of their 26 pathways on their website at www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/careers/apprenticeships. For further information about our employability programme, Talent Match London, and to learn about how we are supporting young Londoners into sustained employment visit www.talentmatchlondon.org.