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Apprenticeship scheme launched by East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains has launched a new engineering apprenticeship scheme, with four new recruits joining the company.

The scheme is supported by Derby College and the apprentices will be based at maintenance depots in Etches Park, Derby and Eastcroft in Nottingham, whilst attending the College’s Engineering Academy to complete mechanical and electrical engineering qualifications.

Tim Sayer, engineering director for East Midlands Trains, explained the thinking behind the new Apprenticeship scheme, saying: “These four apprentices are the first to be recruited by East Midlands Trains and we are really pleased to be welcoming them into our business.

“Derby has a long and proud heritage of railway engineering and we recognised the need to invest in the future of the maintenance side of the business – ensuring that we have the skills in place to continue our excellent track record in vehicle safety and reliability.

“The apprenticeship programme is a tried and test route to recruit and train young people and we are pleased to be working with Derby College to introduce this scheme into our business.”

April Hayhurst, director of employer engagement at Derby College, added: “Companies across the industrial spectrum are recognising the business benefits of recruiting apprentices and we are delighted to be working with East Midlands Trains to support their first apprentices with nationally recognised engineering qualifications as part of their training.

”Apprenticeships are a recognised way of recruiting and training young people within a business and investing in the future - ensuring that they have the right people with the right skills to ensure the quality of the workforce long term and maintain their competitive edge.”

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Reuben Lee   26/05/2015 at 15:59

How can I apply for an apprenticeship with eastmidlands trains? I need to get one immediately with a train service.

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