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15.01.13

Apprenticeships scheme open at Network Rail

Network Rail is calling for young people to start a career in rail through its advanced apprenticeship scheme. 

There are around 240 places available and the scheme offers the chance to achieve further qualifications whilst working, such as a part-time Higher National Certificate in engineering. 

Apprentices spend one year training at HMS Sultan in Hampshire developing both technical and leadership skills. The next two years are spent gaining experience around the rail network. 

50 of the new apprentices will be needed along the Great Western route, which is to undergo a significant electrification programme. 

Chief executive David Higgins said: “Network Rail’s success is defined by our people. We need a highly skilled workforce to meet the challenges of a busier network and focus on improving performance and increasing capacity.

“It makes absolute sense for us to develop the talent we have coming through our apprenticeship scheme to complement our experienced engineers. This pipeline of talent development will help us retain and attract more quality people, which will help us meet the tough challenges ahead to deliver a better value railway for Britain.” 

RTM interviewed three Network Rail apprentices as part of our coverage of NSARE’s ‘Training Matters’ conference, see here: www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-Industry-Focus-/the-next-generation

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