Rail apprenticeship scheme set to grow

23/11/2016 (DR)

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AN AWARD-WINNING apprenticeship scheme is to expand by 50 per cent next year, with 140 new apprenticeships made available across the country.

Network Rail said that its three-year scheme will now offer 300 young people, including those in Hampshire, the chance to ‘earn while they learn’ in 2017.

Apprentices will be recruited in two intakes – in March and September – gaining valuable work experience, transferable skills and recognised qualifications.

Stuart Kistruck, route managing director for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said: ‘We’re already in the midst of the largest investment in the railway since the Victorian era, and over the coming years we’ll be continuing to deliver our railway upgrade plan, including new track, new signalling, longer platforms and better stations.

‘This is a perfect opportunity for anyone with determination, talent and enthusiasm. We can help you to build your career, and you can help us to build tomorrow’s railway.’

Last year, Network Rail received more than 4,000 applications for the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme. It is open to anyone who is 18 by March 1, 2017. For more go to networkrail.co.uk/apprentices.