Transport for London is creating 30 new posts for ex-Armed Forces members as part of efforts to help former military personnel back into work.
The capital’s transport authority says many service personnel have skills which can be transferred to the transport sector where there is a shortfall of skilled engineering and planning staff.
An earlier pilot scheme of four six-month work placements lead to three out of the four participants finding permanent paid work with TfL or its suppliers.
Building on that success, TfL will offer 30 six month placements in engineering, planning, project management and operational roles on projects such as the Bond Street station upgrade.
TfL says the placements will provide ex-Service men and women with the opportunity to develop work experience and skills which are transferable within the transport industry.
They will also be given training in interview techniques and CV writing to enable them to have the confidence to apply for future roles.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The excellent and varied skills gained by members of the Armed Forces make them a real asset to other businesses and organisations.
“This initiative is a win-win for all involved, providing TfL with talented workers in an area where there is a skills shortfall, and giving ex-Service members the chance of a new career path.”
London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “Not only does this scheme help support ex-Service men and women back into employment, but we also get to benefit from their engineering skills in a sector has a shortfall.
“I’m confident these placements will continue to be successful and am delighted that we are working with the Armed Services on this.”