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SIlver Track Training and Peel Group provide railway apprenticeships


Silver Track Training and Peel Group provide rail apprenticeships for Wirral youngsters

A TRAINING centre to deliver young talent for the rail industry has been created as part of developer Peel Group’s £4.5bn Wirral Waters scheme.

Haydock-based Silver Track Training has started the recruitment process to fill 100 apprenticeship places aimed at 16-24-year-olds, paying up to £60 a week, on its new programme situated in Birkenhead’s Faraday House.

Silver Track’s £115,000 investment will also create eight full-time jobs for trainers, recruiters and administrative staff.

A disused railway line running along the southern boundary of Birkenhead’s docks will be used for the training site, which also includes indoor track, points and crossings for apprentices to work on as part of their training.

Silver Track says the rail industry currently employs more than 159,000 staff, but a large portion of these are aged over 45, which increases the need to develop a new workforce for the future.

Bidston councillor Harry Smith said: “Silver Track’s apprenticeship is an excellent scheme aimed at helping individuals to gain the qualifications required for long-term jobs in the rail industry.

“I was very pleased to enable them to meet relevant Wirral Council officers and also Peel staff to get the project up and running.”

Silver Track Training managing director Mark Argent added: “These young adults need to be able to take advantage of projects such as this, as it will help them to realise that a rewarding career is still a possibility for them.

“Many of our apprentices are now in employment with leading rail companies as a direct result of their training.

“They are earning as much as £11 an hour, as well as taking the first steps to a long career in railway engineering.”

Peel Group development manager Richard Mawdsley said: “When we launched Wirral Waters four years ago, we recognised the need to help raise skill levels in and around the docks and to provide opportunities for young adults.

“We’ve been told at various public events we’ve hosted that ‘skills improvement’ is important to the people of Birkenhead – it also helps Peel to attract new employers to the area. Wirral Waters is all about trying to create new job opportunities that local people can access.

“Silver Track do a fabulous job and we hope the facility will grow. Their world-class scheme will provide a real springboard to the prospects of those young people fortunate to get a place.”

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