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01.11.13

Rail apprentice exchange for SWT

South West Trains (SWT) and Houghton International have launched an apprentices exchange programme, to help their students gain a wider understanding of the industry.

The programme started this summer, with day visits for SWT apprentices to the traction motor and motor alternator set repairer’s facilities. Houghton International apprentices visited SWT’s depot in Bournemouth for three weeks this autumn to inspect traction motors in situ.

Rob Hulson, apprentice and competency manager at South West Trains, said: “It’s great to see two fantastic companies working together in this way and I hope it is the start of a long and beneficial relationship for South West Trains and Houghton International but also for the apprentices, as these individuals are our future.”

Michael Mitten, chief executive officer, Houghton International said: “In line with our commitment to our apprentice scheme, the opportunity to work with South West Trains, one of the best performing mid-life operators in the UK to create an apprentice exchange programme has been extremely productive and beneficial on a number of levels.”

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