Young woman on work experience

LNER to support young people with skills and opportunities in rail

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is set to kickstart it’s second work experience programmes, aimed at inspiring the next generation of rail industry employees and highlighting the wide variety of roles available.

Participants on LNER’s Tomorrow’s Talent programmes will complete several online modules on topics such as the increasing use of innovative technology and sustainability.

The programme will look to support young people aged between 14 and 18 – in Years 10-13 – along the East Coast Main Line route.

The first cohort of Tomorrow’s Talent took part in Autumn 2021 and was well received, with 88% of the young people who attended saying they would recommend it to a friend.

Students were also asked how confident they felt about finding a job both before and after the programme, with a 35% increase recorded in students rating themselves as ‘very confident’ following the scheme.

Tomorrow’s Talent will focus on improving eight essential skills among participants: problem solving, creativity, listening, speaking, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

Applications to take part in the latest programme are open until February 16, 2022. More information on the programme and submission forms can be found here.

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “Education and employability are important to LNER and the communities we serve, and we want to do all that we can to support the next generation in developing their skills, regardless of where their career takes them. 

“Tomorrow’s Talent provides young people with a great opportunity to engage and hear from experts in a wide range of different roles, equipping them with important knowledge and insight as they begin to think  about their future career journey.”

Tomorrow’s Talent is part of LNER’s Responsible Business Strategy, which seeks to deliver record investment in supporting aspiration in communities along the East Coast Main Line route.

The new projects are set to benefit more than 11,000 children and young people during the next 16 months.

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