30 Mar 16

Talent Match London teams up with TfL!

During the February 2016 half term, Talent Match London teamed up with Transport for London (TfL) to offer young people in London the opportunity to explore careers at Transport for London and find out what keeps London moving. Keeping London Moving was a special work experience placement designed specifically for young Londoners. Over the course of four days, young people on the programme met employers from Siemens, Serco, Trueform and Team Flo to learn what they do to keep London moving before presenting their experience and findings. Click the video below to see the week in action!

The work placement kicked off at Siemens, who manage traffic lights for TfL,along with other crucial equipment. The day was filled with icebreakers, group activities, presentations on careers in Siemens and an exclusive tour of The Crystal, the building the company is housed in! The young people on the programme were also treated to goody bags from Siemens.

Day two was even more dynamic with the young participants spending the day with two of TfL’s suppliers. The first half of the day with Serco, the company behind the successful cycle hire scheme. After a briefing of how the scheme works and some of the ideas behind it, the participants had the opportunity to tour the workshop where the bikes are repaired and the control room where staff keep track of all the bikes and docking points in the capital. The second half of the day was spent at the London Youth office with Trueform, who look after the countless bus shelters all over London.

For the penultimate day of the work experience placement, participants travelled to Battersea to meet  Team Flo (a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Spain’s Ferrovial), the group behind the construction of the Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea. The young people took part in fun activities to learn about the different stages of a large scale construction project.  The young people were also treated to a presentation by Team Flo, on the different career options available with them and what skills they would need to apply.

For the last day of the work placement, the young people on the programme created and presented a strategy on how they would improve Transport for London.  The presentations were delivered in front of an audience that included London Youth staff as well as Tim Ruddin, Transport for London’s Supplier Skills Project Manager, who gifted all the young people involved with certificates for successfully completing the work placement.

We would like to thank the team at Transport for London, Siemens, Serco, Trueform and Team Flo for putting together such a valuable experience for all the young people involved.