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London Underground boosts support for apprentices

London Underground has unveiled £1M of improvements to its training facility for apprentices at their Skills and Training Centre in Acton, as it continues to support future generations of transport workers.

The Skills and Training Centre is home to London Underground Engineering apprentices and has been modernised with new equipment and first class facilities to help ensure they have the skills needed to support the capital’s transport network. Apprentices at the Centre are in roles including Signalling, Rolling Stock and Track Engineering.

There is a skills shortage in the transport industry, particularly in engineering and London Underground is investing in the equipment and infrastructure its apprentices use while learning the trade to ensure they have the skills they will need to keep London moving. The reopening of the Centre came during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which aims to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering.

In September 2014, Transport for London (TfL) welcomed 86 new apprentices in a variety of roles ranging from project planning to highway technicians. It has also created over 100 new apprenticeship roles for 2015. The apprenticeship roles will be available for applications on TfL’s website from February 2015.

Since April 2009, TfL and its suppliers have created over 5,000 apprenticeship roles, supporting the Mayor of London’s campaign to create 250,000 apprenticeship roles by 2016.

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