Northern announces search for next generation of rail workers
As part of the UK’s National Apprenticeship Week, Northern has launched its search for new apprentices, including 16 engineering technicians.
Northern has announced the re-opening of its apprenticeship programme to mark the UK’s National Apprenticeship Week. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply for a range of roles, including 16 engineering technicians and five train planning and station operations apprentices.
Helen Wright, Apprenticeship Manager at Northern, said: “Working in the rail industry is a great place to start a career, as there is an opportunity to transfer skills and experience gained as an apprentice in a wide range of roles across the business.”
Engineering Director at Northern, Ben Ackroyd, added: “Our apprenticeship scheme is the perfect gateway for young people looking to start their career. Starting as Rail Engineering Technician Apprentices, those on the scheme have the opportunity to follow a range of different career paths. Once qualified, our former apprentices can work with Northern with the production teams – perhaps as a maintenance engineer or technical engineer – or can move to other areas of the business where their skills are valued.”
Currently, 48 engineering apprentices are employed at Northern – based in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle – working through a three-year programme designed to provide them with a nationally recognised qualification and possible future career in the rail industry. Ten operational apprentices also work across the network, gaining experience in customer service and business administration.
Ackroyd continued, saying: “Northern is committed to investing in the future and our apprenticeship scheme not only gives young people a clear career path, it also secures the next generation of engineers and operation teams for an ever-growing industry. Our latest intake will also have the benefit of getting to work on a fleet which is being enhanced by a £600 million investment. We have already introduced more than 60 of our 101 brand new trains, are bring in innovative bi-mode trains and refurbishing the rest of our existing fleet.”