Thursday 3 Jul 2003


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The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett will present certificates to engineers who have successfully completed two of the Network Rail run conversion courses on Friday July 4th in Derby. A suite of courses have been developed by Network Rail to attract engineers in to the rail industry. Engineers already highly qualified from other industries undergo an intensive seven month programme that produces competent engineers with the disciplines required to work on the rail network. The first group of signal engineers will graduate from the programme on the 4th of July, as will the fourth group of track engineers. To date, over fifty engineers have completed and graduated the conversion programme and are now engaged in the rail industry. Margaret Beckett will also officially open new training premises belonging to Signet Training and Neway Training Solutions, both of whom have been involved in the delivery of the conversion programmes.

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