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21.08.17

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

Network Rail is to double the number of apprenticeship opportunities it offers young people, whilst also introducing new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway.

A total of 600 opportunities will be offered nationwide by the company over the next 12 months, across a range of disciplines that are vital to the running of the railway.

The number of places on NR’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme also doubled from 150 in 2015 up to more than 300 in 2017-18.

This scheme allows trainees to specialise in track, signalling, overhead lines, electrical & plant and telecom in March 2018.

But the company added that it is set to increase the number of places on its business apprentices, including specialisms in accounting, HR, project management and commercial surveying.

“Network Rail is committed to investing in the future talent that we need to build and maintain the bigger, better railway that Britain wants, and apprentices are a vital part of that Railway Upgrade Plan,” said Guy Wilmshurst-Smith, head of professional development and training at NR.

“The rail industry is one of Britain’s success stories as more and more people want to travel by train,” he continued. “Demand has doubled over the last 20 years and is set to double again in the next 25 years, so we need more people to help make that possible.

“Unlike many apprenticeships, our schemes have no upper age limits, so are suitable for anyone wanting to build a career in an industry that impacts millions of people every day. All that we ask is that our applicants have a passion for making a difference.”

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