Career platform for apprentices

Network Rail apprentice Simon Kent.
Network Rail apprentice Simon Kent.

PROMISING apprentices are on track to become skilled railway technicians after earning places on an award-winning training scheme at a Doncaster engineering depot.

The new starters beat off competition from 8,000 other applicants to win places on Network Rail’s advanced apprenticeship scheme.

Twenty five Yorkshire-based apprentices will spend the first year learning technical skills needed to work on the railway at Europe’s largest engineering training facility at HMS Sultan in Hampshire.

They will continue with two more years of on-the-job training at depots across the region including the Doncaster site.

Simon Kent was one of the successful applicants and will be based at the Hexthorpe depot which specialises in signalling and telecoms.

He said: “Having already completed an electrical apprenticeship, I found myself in a career with few long term prospects.

“I came across Network Rail’s scheme and quickly realised that the company offered me a chance to transfer my existing skills into a challenging and dynamic engineering environment.

“I’ve been given the opportunity to work for a company that encourages and supports my desire for real career progression.”

Steve Featherstone, director of maintenance at Network Rail added: “Our apprentices will be part of a 34,000-strong team helping three million people get around the country.

“It’s challenging, rewarding and of great value to Britain.”