Transport for Wales (TfW) set to train the next generation of train drivers as apprentices sign up for TfW apprenticeship scheme.
TfW is the first train operator in the UK to offer as accredited NVQ level 3 qualification in train driver operations as part of its apprenticeship.
The operator aims to have more than 100 apprentices signed-up by the end of the year.
Following this TfW hopes to recruit around 100 apprentices every year over the next five years.
Adam Bagwell, Operations Training Manager at TfW spoke on how the apprenticeships shows TfW’s commitment to providing drivers with the best possible training.
Mr Bagwell said: “I am absolutely proud and delighted we are now able to offer a recognised level 3 qualification and apprenticeship for train drivers.
“The train driver’s role is a professional, highly skilled job.
“Our drivers deserve the recognition for their hard work through training in the form of this qualification.
“It shows we are committed to provide the best possible training to our drivers in Wales and the boarders.”
The apprenticeship scheme also serves as an example of how TfW is doing essential work in the wider community.
Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport commented on how the apprenticeship scheme shows this.
Mr Waters said: “The creation of Transport for Wales was not just about improving public transport but to bring other benefits to our communities as we do so.
“Bringing on apprentices into well paid jobs is a great example of how we are doing both.”
TfW has invested heavily in training facilities for its drivers including new train and platform simulators.
All TfW driver trainers have started or completed an NVQ level 3 qualification in learning and development.