The Sleeper's Daily Blog

18.11.16

Jobs and skills boost in London – courtesy of Thameslink

Over 250 jobseekers in London have gained new jobs or skills after getting involved in the Thameslink Programme, the multi-billion pound London railway upgrade which includes the complete rebuilding of London Bridge station by Network Rail.

The programme has helped 91 jobseekers from the surrounding borough of Southwark to find employment with Network Rail and its London Bridge delivery partners, spanning a wide range of roles including engineers, electricians, environmental advisors and personal assistants.

It has also provided 85 jobseekers from the Greater London area with apprenticeships, and helped 12 previously unemployed local residents gain NVQ qualifications – as well as providing career advice to young people at more than 32 events.

Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Thameslink programme director, praised the initiative, saying: “The Thameslink programme will bring huge long-term benefits to passengers across the south east through to London and beyond to Peterborough and Cambridge. As well as improving the railway, we want to improve communities by providing employment and training opportunities for long-term unemployed people.

“Working on projects that include the redevelopment of London Bridge station and the building of a new railway junction in Bermondsey will open up new opportunities to the chosen candidates. Not only will they have a fantastic opportunity to help build a new railway, they will learn some valuable new skills along the way.”

One of the jobseekers who has benefitted from the initiative is Heather Spring, who is now a personal assistant for one of Network Rail’s contractors Balfour Beatty. She was employed by BB in January 2016 after having previously been unemployed following redundancy.

“When I was made redundant, I wasn’t ready to retire and when I saw this opportunity I applied straight away,” she explained. “I have always been interested in the railway and I am really enjoying working on such a huge project that will improve commuters’ journeys immeasurably.”

Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for business, employment and culture at Southwark Council, said that his local authority is “committed to creating a thriving local economy and reducing long-term unemployment”.

He added: “We’ve set ourselves the ambitious target of creating 5,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships of which the Thameslink programme has been an important part. The scheme has helped to upskill local residents through meaningful apprenticeships and supported them into sustainable work.”

Thameslink forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and is transforming north-south travel in London. When complete in 2018, it will offer brand new eco-friendly trains, an expanded network with better connections to destinations including Cambridge and Peterborough, and more reliable journeys.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whol... more >
RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24/02/2017RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an en... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major disruption and commuters f... more >

editor's comment

17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

last word

Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent initiatives should help achieve this.  One initiative was a response to our four-year campaign to change the processes and protections surrounding ‘ticketless’ travel and penalt... more > more last word articles >
board2

'the sleepers' daily blog

Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >