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Innovate Challenge

Want your students to take part in an exciting challenge developing an innovation for TfL, developing their skills and confidence? Sign up to Innovate!

Innovate Challenge

Innovate is a unique opportunity for students in Year 12 and 13 to develop their employability skills, create exciting innovations for TfL and win work experience within TfL.

The aim of the challenge is to encourage development of the skills that employers look for whilst increasing their insight into innovation and careers paths, in particular transport and STEM careers.

Innovate requires students to work in teams of 4-6 and ask students to identify a problem that is linked to TfL and find a solution to that problem.

Teams must produce:

  • A 5-minute filmed presentation
  • A design concept

TfL will:

  • Attend a launch session at your school
  • Provide resources, including teacher guide and student handbook
  • Arrange for a TFL staff to mentor the teams during the process (depending on availability)


Minimum 6 participants, maximum 30.

Schools should register by mid-October to have enough time to do the challenge and submit entries on 19 January 2024.



Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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