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13.03.19

Are you an apprentice or provider in the rail industry? We want to hear from you…

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), celebrating the positive impact apprenticeships make not just on the individual apprentices themselves, but also the companies and wider economy and industry they serve in.

The theme this year was ‘Blaze a Trail’, which aimed to promote the benefits outlined above through a variety of events and activities, challenging common perceptions surrounding what apprenticeships actually entail and to encourage people, no matter their age, background, gender or sexuality, to both take up and take on the benefits of apprenticeships.

As such, the rail industry got stuck in. This was typified by Amey’s commercial account director Anna Delvecchio (a regular TCR speaker and panellist) who, as a former apprentice herself, spent a week back as an apprentice, and gave a group of apprentices the opportunity shadow her.

Anna said: “It was brilliant, and I enjoyed every minute of reverse shadowing and the apprentices understanding my role. I’ve spent the last week with a group of Amey apprentices working across transport and rail. It reinforced that the transport sector absolutely has so many roles covered by apprentices.”

One of the key messages from last week’s NAW was the sheer variety of apprenticeships available in the rail industry; there’s far more than simply engineers and train drivers, and can include areas as diverse as leadership and management to IT and telecoms.

As such, and in light of the unprecedented demand for apprenticeships in the rail sector, RTM is now on the lookout for apprentices and apprenticeship providers from across the industry to share their stories with us.

No matter your background or area of learning, we’re now opening a call for submissions of blogs from apprentices in the rail sector to feature on our website.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please email editorial@railtechnologymagazine.com.

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