Network Rail wants more apprentices to join the railway, with the infrastructure company’s Advanced Apprenticeship scheme offering 150 places nationwide.
The three-year scheme offers young people aged 18 and over the chance to earn while they learn and gain valuable work experience, transferrable skills and recognised qualifications.
In the South East, depots at Croydon, Gravesend and London Waterloo are looking for apprentices. NR said that last year more than 3,500 applications were received across the UK.
“Bringing bright, young talent with fresh thinking, enthusiasm and dedication to our team is a critical part of how we will deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan, and make our railway bigger and better as it becomes ever increasingly busy,” said NR Chief Executive Mark Carne.
“We want talented and capable young people who want a job where you make a difference every single day, as we continue to build a better, safer railway for now and for the future.”
In September the scheme moves from its current base at HMS Sultan to a modern training and development centre in Gosport.
Apprentices train in one of five specialist areas: track, signalling, telecoms, electrification and plant or overhead lines. They will spend the first five months of the three-year scheme at the training centre before moving to their local depots.
More than 2,000 people have joined NR’s Advanced Apprenticeship scheme since 2005. These include school and college leavers, as well as those who were unhappy with their jobs and chose to go back into training to secure a more stable, long-term career. Of those who started on the 2005 Apprenticeship Scheme, 85% still work for the organisation.
The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone who is aged 18 by October 1. Further details on the scheme, including case studies of current and former apprentices talking about their own experiences, can be found at http://www.networkrail.co.uk/apprentices