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Network Rail trains next generation of engineers

Network Rail is helping to bring engineering learning to life at The JCB Academy. From this week students will learn about how modern engineering technology is used to run Britain's railways, with two specialist rail challenges, devised by experts at Network Rail.

Students aged between 14 and 18 will take part in two eight-week challenges on level crossings and on the materials used to maintain the railway. Graduates from Network Rail will help to deliver the learning with academy tutors.

JCB Academy where Network Rail graduates help deliver two railway challenges for engineering students

Nigel Ward, professional development manager at Network Rail said: "If we are to really engage students in engineering and inspire them to go on to further learning, it’s crucial that we show them how what they learn in the classroom can be delivered in real life. Working on projects that our engineers have to do all the time will help the students understand the realities and drive them to create practical solutions.

"Britain’s economy relies on a modern, safe and efficient railway. Investing in training the best engineers for the future will help secure future success. We are proud to work with The JCB Academy to make this happen."

Jim Wade, Principal of The JCB Academy said: "We are really delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Network Rail in developing the Engineers and Business Leaders of the future. The JCB Academy is working to make engineering an real aspiration for many young people. Engineering has so many exciting projects around which education can be brought to life. This can not be achieved without key players in the industry such as Network Rail becoming involved and demonstrating to students how they go about solving engineering challenges. The commitment from Network Rail staff has been absolutely fantastic and should be a real model for other organisations to follow."


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