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Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016
Network Rail expands its award winning Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme and pledges to recruit 140 new apprentices to start training in March 2017, with 16 places available for young people living to the south and west of London.
The three-year scheme will now offer 300 young people the chance to “earn while they learn” in 2017. Apprentices will be recruited in two intakes – in March and September – gaining valuable work experience, transferable skills and recognised qualifications.
Stuart Kistruck, route managing director for Network Rail’s Wessex route said, “We are already in the midst of the largest investment in the railway since the Victorian era, and over the coming years we will be continuing to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan, including new track, new signalling, longer platforms and better stations. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone with determination, talent and enthusiasm. We can help you to build your career, and you can help us to build tomorrow’s railway.”
Apprentices will spend the first five months of the three-year scheme at Network Rail’s training centre near Coventry, specialising in one of five areas: electrification and plant, overhead lines, signalling, telecoms or track. They then move to their local depots, including sites in Clapham, Salisbury, Eastleigh and Wimbledon, to learn through on-the-job training on the railway’s front line, gaining knowledge and vital skills from experienced team members, complemented by additional off-railway learning throughout the rest of their time on the scheme.
Alex Stockwell, who is a second-year track maintenance apprentice at Network Rail in Basingstoke said, “Network Rail’s apprenticeship scheme has made me a more confident person and I’m now able to handle the pressures of carrying out essential work that impacts thousands of people in a very short space of time.
“It’s supported my career massively, by making me more independent and giving me the opportunity to learn something new every day.
“No two days are the same, and I want to continue with Network Rail so that I can develop my leadership skills and one day lead my own team.”
Last year, Network Rail received more than 4,000 applications for the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices join the 20,000-strong orange army of front line engineers and technicians who fix and maintain the rail infrastructure, enabling 1.6 billion rail journeys to be made every year. The majority of those coming through the apprentice scheme also progress their career with Network Rail, with 85% of those who started on the scheme in 2005, when it was first launched, still working for the organisation.
The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone who is 18 by 1st March 2017. Further details, including cases studies of current and former apprentices talking about their own experiences, can be found on our website:
Source:- Network Rail
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