On track for engineering training
NETWORK Rail has taken on a further 190 apprentices to its three-year programme after receiving more than 6,500 applications – with some working in Plymouth.
The apprentices will train to become skilled maintenance engineering technicians, after the company received more than 6,500 applications.
They include 26 apprentices on the Western route, who will be working from Plymouth and other depots including Paddington, Westbourne Park, Reading, Newbury, Didcot, Swindon, Bristol, and Exeter.
Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail's managing director for the Western route, said: "We've recruited smart and enthusiastic young men and women with a variety of work experience, education and backgrounds, who we will train to become skilled engineering technicians.
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"Today's apprentice will, once trained, be part of a 35,000-strong team.
"We now have the building blocks in place so that beyond their apprenticeships, our best people can undertake a higher national certificate, a foundation degree and then a full degree in engineering.
"They can earn while they learn and go as far as their aptitude, attitude and ambition can take them."
The apprentices will spend a year training alongside the Royal Navy at HMS Sultan, in Hampshire.
They will continue their training for two further years on-the-job at depots across the country, returning to HMS Sultan for additional courses.
The apprentices specialise in track, signalling and telecoms and electrification and plant.
This year, Network Rail is also training apprentices for its contractors Balfour Beatty, Costain and Nexus.