Network Rail has been recognised as one of the top 20 apprentice employers in England in the National Apprenticeship Service’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020.
The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers is the new national league table showcasing the nation’s outstanding apprenticeship employers, developed by the National Apprenticeship Service, in collaboration with High Fliers Research.
Out of 10,000 apprentice employers, and out of 400 who were considered for the top 100 list, Network Rail ranked 20th.
Network Rail offer a huge variety of apprenticeships, with 45 different schemes running at any one time, ranging from core apprenticeships in engineering and rail operations, to cyber intrusion analysis and data sciences.
The new rankings identify the country’s leading apprenticeship employers for their total commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their apprentices, and the progression of their apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment.
Richard Turner, Network Rail’s Head of Apprenticeships, said: “I’m absolutely delighted by this achievement. It’s testament to the great strides we’ve made to offer varied, inclusive and welcoming schemes in which our apprentices can expect to pick up truly employable skills that will serve them for life both on and off the railway.
“It’s also fantastic to see so many other companies in the rail industry make the top 100. The transport sector as a whole is a huge, moving, evolving creature, making that happen takes a lot of great minds, and so there’s a lot of great apprenticeships in the industry.”
Rail Minister Chris Heaton Harris said: “The engineers of the future will be trained on the major infrastructure projects we are building today.
“As we build back better, there has never been a better time to start working in rail, with an apprenticeship helping to unlock new skills and huge career potential. That’s why it's fantastic to see Network Rail recognised as one of the top apprentice employers in the UK.”
A track apprentice, Keneefia Parker, spoke highly of her experience on the scheme:
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