Tube Lines’ apprentices graduate with distinction

Tomorrow’s rail engineers were last night honoured at Tube Lines’ Apprentice of the Year celebrations.

Young engineering apprentices last night attended Tube Lines’ annual Apprentice of the Year awards, supported by families and peers.  Acting Chief Executive Andrew Cleaves was on hand to present the awards to the winners.  At the same time, ten apprentices received their qualifications for completing their four year apprenticeship to become fully-fledged engineers in the business, while a further twelve new apprentices had their deeds signed to start work as full-time employees.

In congratulating all the apprentices on their achievements, Andrew Cleaves said: “This is a fitting occasion to recognise their hard work and commitment.  The recent recession has certainly made things difficult for young people to get ahead, so the onus must be on businesses like ours to ensure their skills and talents aren’t lost.

“From the outset, we’ve worked hard to establish a route for young people to launch their careers in engineering where they can access the very best training and practical on-the-job experience.  It simply makes good sense to do so – having bright new talent is good for our business whatever the economic climate,” he said.

Awards were presented in four categories.  Winners were selected on their commitment to training and the positive impact they made to the business by going above and beyond everyone’s expectations.  The four award winners were:

1st year Apprentice of the Year – Elliot Fuller (16), fleet maintenance.
2nd year Apprentice of the Year – Robert Scoates (20), track maintenance.
3rd year Apprentice of the Year – Trevor Stevens (19), signals maintenance.
4th year Apprentice of the Year – Christopher Patman (19), signals maintenance.

Tube Lines currently has 61 apprentices in training and 83% of all apprentices have gone into full time employment.  On top of being one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices in London, more than 2,500 NVQs have also been awarded to employees in the past seven years.  It is this commitment to training that saw Tube Lines named 2009 ‘Large Employer of the Year’ by the National Apprenticeship Service.

On receiving his award, Robert Scoates said: “I’ve really enjoyed learning my apprenticeship at Tube Line and to work on one of the biggest infrastructure projects anywhere in the world is really exciting.

“This award is the icing on the cake – it just goes to show that you are capable of achieving almost anything when you set your mind to it.”

Most of the training is undertaken at the purpose-built Skills Training centre in Stratford which brings together all of Tube Lines’ training, skills and competency programmes.  Opened in 2005, the centre offers many entry level and advanced courses ranging from basic safety training to IT induction and advanced railway engineering.  It has also five sections of track, each fitted with signalling equipment, as well as a purpose built simulator signal control room.

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