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Network Rail in Wales and Borders apprenticeship drive

Network rail apprentices on track

Network Rail is launching a new advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme on the Wales and Borders line.

The track operator said the route was recruiting the largest ever group of apprentices with seven spaces available across Shrewsbury, Hereford and Llandrindod Wells for the three year scheme.

The first 21 weeks of the scheme are spent “living and learning” at Network Rail’s state of the art training centre in the Midlands.

Apprentices then spend the rest of the scheme working from a depot close to home, specialising in disciplines such as electrification, signalling, telecoms and track.

The scheme has been running since 2005, with more than 2,000 engineers completing the scheme.

KeolisAmey won the £5bn contract to operate the Wales and Borders franchise and to construct the South Wales Metro in May this year.

As part of the new franchise a £194M fund will be used to modernise all 247 train stations in Wales.

Hydrogen powered trains are being eyed up to run on the line alongside refurbished London Underground trains.

Network Rail Wales and Borders acting route managing director Bill Kelly said: “The people working for Network Rail in Wales and Borders are our greatest asset and central to providing a safe and reliable railway for our passengers every day.

“It is an exciting time for the railway in Wales and Borders. I urge anyone that has the determination, talent and enthusiasm to work in a role where you not only make a difference every single day but also contribute to building the railway for the future, to join us by applying for the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme today.”

Network Rail Wales and Borders apprentice Ben Gough said he had applied for the scheme because he thought it would be a “fantastic opportunity to be involved with something that is quite different, very interesting and an important part of British engineering”.

“The scheme itself has given me plenty of career opportunities,” said Gough. “Not only am I currently being trained up to a technician standard, but I am acquiring many other qualifications such as an NVQ level 3, all of which will aid me in my career in the future.” 

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