Archive for category: Training & Recruitment

Women in Engineering – Learning from the past

DSC_9245There was a time when women ruled the railway. By the end of the First World War, an estimated 70,000 women worked on the network. Then, as their male counterparts returned from the front line, they were either let go or shuffled back into their pre-war roles. Things have moved on in the decades since. […]
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High Speed Skills

NCHSR 02 [online]The opening of HS2’s headquarters in Birmingham last month was another important date in the project’s long, and at times difficult, timeline. Birmingham is at the heart of HS2 and is set to benefit more than any other city on the route. The supply chain is moving in and developers are fighting for the chance […]
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High Speed Skills

NCHSR 02 [online]The opening of HS2’s headquarters in Birmingham last month was another important date in the project’s long, and at times difficult, timeline. Birmingham is at the heart of HS2 and is set to benefit more than any other city on the route. The supply chain is moving in and developers are fighting for the chance […]
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Go-ahead for high-speed rail college campus

NCHSR 01The National College for High Speed Rail’s Birmingham campus has been approved by the city council’s planning committee. The £22 million facility will be built on the site of the former Birmingham Science[...]
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MTR to open Hong Kong rail academy

Photo: shutterstock.com.MTR has announced plans to open a new academy in Hong Kong to train its next generation of rail staff. Currently MTR offers around 6,000 courses a year for its[...]
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Soldiers tackle railway skills gap

A Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter arrives to extract troops at the end of an operation in Afghanistan.

The Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) conducted a Helicopter Assault Force operation to find suspected weapons caches in Helmand Province.

The Household Cavalry Regiment, normally based in Windsor make up the BRF in Camp Bastion.The rail industry makes a good successor career for military personnel looking for further challenge and adventure: That’s the message from rail chiefs and rail staff helping heroes onto the metals. Ten former military personnel graduated late last year from Wiltshire College, following six weeks of intensive training as part of Siemens Rail Automation’s new […]
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Being heard

Bombardier graduate Paul Burkholder talks about joining the rail industry and a project which is giving a voice to graduates and apprentices in his company. It’s understandable for graduates joining the rail industry this autumn to be daunted by the prospect. Thankfully through the support of cross-industry organisations and events,...
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Deutsche Bahn using virtual reality to plug skills gap

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is redoubling efforts to persuade young people to join the railway. Between now and 2020, DB needs to recruit between 7,000 and 8,000 new employees every year to get a grip on Germany’s own rail skills shortage. This has been brought on by the overall population decline...
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Deutsche Bahn using virtual reality to plug skills gap

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is redoubling efforts to persuade young people to join the railway. Between now and 2020, DB needs to recruit between 7,000 and 8,000 new employees every year to get a grip on Germany’s own rail skills shortage. This has been brought on by the overall population decline...
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On the right track – considering a career in rail?

As students around the country begin their undergraduate degree studies, Professor Simon Iwnicki, director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield and interim chair of ‘Routes into Rail’ – a cross- industry body which aims to increase the number of young people joining the industry, explains...
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Network Rail announces substantial increase in engineering graduate places in 2016

Network Rail is to create 40 per cent more engineering places on its graduate programme next year. The 2016 graduate scheme will offer places to 150 university leavers. Eighty places will be split across mechanical, electrical and civil engineering disciplines. Other roles will be created in areas such as management,...
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