Procurement and Supply Chain Apprentice - 2024

  • Transport for London
  • London, Greater London
  • £25216 per annum

Our P&C function is responsible for implementing and managing contractual requirements with TfL’s supply base of over three thousand suppliers, accounting for roughly £6bn spend per year. Following the financial challenges we have recently faced it’s never been more important to be prudent with our money and understanding our contracts.

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  • Wages
    £25,216 p/a
  • Hours
    35.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    2 years

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Supply Chain
  • Opportunity Type
    Higher Level 4
  • Employer
    Transport for London


As well as procuring key services on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA) functional bodies (including the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade), P&C also engages closely with the Mayor’s office and London Boroughs on major capital projects and operating contracts across the Capital. We also work with Network Rail when it is appropriate to align our practices and approach to the market.

As a function for both the GLA and TfL P&C purchases products and resources including new trains, hydrogen buses, sponsorship and advertising, catering and cleaning, CCTV, electricity, trains, line upgrades and station upgrades.


Sustainability is intrinsic to TfL’s work ethos, and we ensure that we operate in a sustainable way to protect and regenerate the natural world.

In our P&C function we work to the most excellent responsible Procurement guidelines in everything we do and work to ensure that our supply chain follows the same principles

What will I be doing?

As an apprentice, 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 apprentice’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of the type of placements on offer:

We also understand that everyone’s career is different, so every apprentice’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like:

Year 1

Operations – 6 months - Responsible for London Underground, DLR, Trams, Crossrail and London Overground – supporting train, track & signalling maintenance and operation, as well as the procurement of new trains and labour

Indirects or Facilities Management - 6 months – Commercial Development, Facilities Management, business Services and more

Year 2

Capital Programmes - 6 months - Responsible for major projects across the Capital including HS2, Line Upgrades, Tunnels, new stations / routes, Tech and Data

Central Enabling Teams - 6 months - Responsible for supporting the Commercial business areas by developing processes, establishing governance and controls, working with the supplier market, reviewing performance and building the capability of our people

Each placement will see you undertaking a wide variety of responsibilities that increase with your development on the scheme. You’ll start by learning simple procurements to understand the business; by the end of the scheme you’ll be running tenders, processing payments, managing contracts and engaging with stakeholders and suppliers, and will have an extensive understanding of commercial thinking and strategies.

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You should already hold or be working towards a minimum of 2 A*-D A-Levels (or equivalent) and 2 GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or equivalent including Maths and English Language.

You’re not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level in a related subject or have already studied content from the qualification for this scheme.

You must be 18 years of age by 9th September 2024 to be eligible for this scheme.

Required entrance criteria are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change due to retendering of apprenticeship training provision.

What Qualifications will I gain?

L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

Our core values are extremely important to us, and we desire candidates who are:

Caring about our colleagues, our customers and our work

Open to each other, to new ideas and to working together

Adaptable to diverse needs and willing to innovate

Upon successful completion of this scheme, you could roll-off into a Commercial Officer or Assistant Commercial Manager role, dependent on your performance throughout the scheme. This could lead to further career development opportunities such as a Commercial Manager, Senior Commercial Manager, Head of Commercial, Commercial Director – there’s no ceiling to how high you could aim!

Successfully completing the Level 4 Diploma means you'll become eligible for membership at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

A career in P&C has a lot of scope and is transferrable into both public and private sector organisations. One thing is true of all businesses; Commercial Procurement is a vital activity and will always be required, meaning that this apprenticeship is an excellent foundation for a successful career.

London (there might be some hybrid working involved depending on a placement)

We operate a transparent recruitment process that removes barriers for candidates with a disability. Please let us know if you require reasonable adjustments for any stages of the application process. 

We're a Disability Confident employer, and we offer guaranteed interviews to candidates who apply via the scheme where the minimum criteria for skills, knowledge and experience have been met.  

In High Volume campaigns including Graduate, Apprentice and Intern recruitment the minimum criteria we set is achieving a pass mark in our first stage assessments, adopting a proportionate approach as part of the Disability Confident scheme. 

"The best thing was the ability to gain on-the-job experience and a degree at the same time. I had the option of going to university, however this opportunity was a no-brainer. Avoiding the fees and getting a degree – who would turn that down?"

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