Archive for category: Training & Recruitment

Students go loco

Twelve teams of student engineers will compete to build the best locomotive at this year’s Railway Challenge held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, this July. Teams include: • University of Birmingham • Bombardier/Derby University • Brunel University • FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences • […]

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TfL takes over Crossrail tunnelling academy

Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to replace Crossrail at the head of the TUCA tunnelling academy in Ilford. TfL, which has signed a contract with Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) to run the facility, said it will use the site to support future tunnelling and infrastructure projects. TfL plans to train the Elizabeth […]
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Year of the apprentice

In striving to raise the number and standard of apprentices, the rail industry has inadvertently made 2016 the Year of the Apprentice. This first became clear at the start of the year with an announcement backing the creation of 30,000 apprentices in transport over the next few years and plans to write apprenticeship targets into procurement […]

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Trailblazer apprenticeship standard launched

The National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), in partnership with Siemens, South West Trains and Fareham CEMAST, has become one of the first rail training centres to adopt the Rail Engineering Technician ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship Standard – launched by Neil Robertson, genial chief executive of NSAR, at Rail Media’s Rail Franchising and Sustainability Conference in Leeds […]
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Expansion for rail apprenticeships

Network Rail is to expand its award winning Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme. The company has pledged to recruit 140 new apprentices to start training in March 2017. 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 […]
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Northern powerhouse turns apprenticeship hub

‘This is the start. This is the start of your career… Set your own targets, set your own goals,’ said the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, directly addressing a new cohort of Intertrain apprentices. On September 27, new and current apprentices were brought together at Intertrain’s Balby Court headquarters for a celebratory event entitled ‘Driving […]
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Why I became a signalling apprentice

Pulling cable through the interconnected tunnels of London Overground’s East London Line while most people are asleep is a world apart from the predictable hours of most office jobs. As one of Carillion’s signalling and telecoms apprentices, Ben Dawson, puts it, ‘There’s a bit of graft involved.’ The East London Line reopened in 2010 following […]
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Alstom starts work on Widnes technology centre

Alstom has started construction of its new training academy and technology centre at Widnes in the UK. The French train builder ceased manufacture in the UK at the end of 2004, once the order for Virgin Pendolino trains was complete, but it has maintained a service operation for those trains, with depots at Longsight (Manchester), […]
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Britain’s first high-speed rail college takes shape

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has visited Birmingham to see the country’s first high-speed rail college taking shape. HS2 said with the roof structure currently being completed, the Birmingham site of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) is on course to meet its September 2017 opening date. A sister site is being built […]
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Apprentices join steam team

Engineering apprentices have been helping the team at Darlington Locomotive Works build new steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The apprentices, from Virgin Trains, gain firsthand experience of working on a steam engine in a workshop. The scheme is part of a sponsorship agreement established to help the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. The trust […]
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Great Western energised

GWR-SonningCutting-2Network Rail and its industry partners are electrifying 380 kilometres of track in total between Maidenhead and Swansea – the first major electrification scheme in the UK for decades. At the end of June, the first of 57 Class 800s destined for the route carried passengers from Reading into central London in Great Western’s historic […]
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