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13.02.15

Network Rail wants more south west apprentices

Network Rail is seeking to recruit 22 young people from the south west to join its award-winning apprenticeship scheme. 

The Advanced Apprenticeship scheme offers anyone over the age of 17 a fantastic opportunity to “earn while they learn”, gain valuable qualifications and skills, and to build a career in engineering. 

Since 2005, more than 2,000 people have joined the scheme, including school and college leavers as well as those who decided to go back into training to secure a more stable, long-term career. 

The first year of the three-year scheme is spent at Europe’s largest engineering training facility at the Royal Navy’s HMS Sultan in Hampshire. There apprentices train in one of five core specialist areas: track, signalling, telecoms, electrification and plant and overhead lines. During their second and third years they experience work on the rail network’s front line, gaining vital skills as they train to become maintenance technicians. This on-the-job training is completed by further off-railway learning at Network Rail’s training centres. 

Ian Iceton, human resources director at Network Rail, said: “We’re investing £38bn into upgrading and improving the railway so there’s never been a better time to join us. 

“Our apprentices earn while they learn, gain top quality qualifications and are part of a 35,000 strong team helping people safely take more than 1.5 billion journeys every year. I urge anyone who is interested in building a career where you can make a real difference to apply to be a Network Rail apprentice today.” 

The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone who is 17 by 31 August 2015. Further details on the scheme, including case studies of current and former apprentices talking about their own experiences, can be found here

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