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Yorkshire job seekers invited to get career on track

Aspiring engineers in Yorkshire are being urged not to miss out on a highly coveted place on Network Rail’s award winning apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme recruits over 200 young people each year, and applications for places starting this September are flooding in, but there are still vacancies – especially in South Yorkshire and Humberside.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week (1-5 Feb) and Network Rail is encouraging both men and women to go for an exciting and challenging career on the railway.

Richard Lungmuss, London North Eastern route director for Network Rail said: “This is an exciting time to start at Network Rail with so many opportunities for both men and women to be part of our railway revolution. Our apprentices will become the backbone of our company. We will give them the skills to build a challenging career that looks after three million people a day and is vital to the economy.

Matthew Millar, 19 from Winterton near Scunthorpe joined Network Rail’s advanced apprenticeship scheme in 2008. Now in his second year, Matthew is based at Scunthorpe depot where he is specialising in signalling and telecoms.  Speaking about the scheme, Matthew said: “The best thing about this apprenticeship scheme is that it gives you a great chance to develop your skills as well as gaining new. The Network Rail values - teamwork, pride, determination and respect - are adopted from the beginning and are maintained right the way through. The variety of learning available helps prepare each apprentice as a versatile asset to Network Rail and provide a rewarding career.

“Unlike other apprenticeships, this scheme incorporates a recognised leadership and management qualification helping to put you in good stead for a managerial position later in your career. “

In their first year, apprentices are based Europe’s largest engineering training facility at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, with their second and third years spent at their designated local depot, learning on the job with experienced teams. Sharing facilities with the Royal Navy means they can take advantage of the state-of-the-art recreation and sports facilities including a gym, swimming pool, squash courts, playing fields, outdoor tennis courts, water sports and other organised activities.


Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the website http://careers.networkrail.co.uk/apprentices where they can find out more about the scheme, watch a video of two of Network Rail’s first year apprentices and see profiles of current apprentices who talk about what they get out of the scheme.


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