Friday 7 Apr 2017
Network Rail is on the hunt for new apprentices in Ipswich
Network Rail is looking for 11 new apprentices for its award-winning engineering apprenticeship scheme to start in September this year.
The company is currently working on its ambitious Railway Upgrade Plan and is changing the way it works with more local decision making, providing plenty of opportunities for budding engineers to get stuck into a wide range of projects that will transform the way people travel around the region.
The scheme is open to applications until Friday 12 May, offering a fantastic opportunity for young people and those looking for a career change to earn whilst learning, gain valuable qualifications and skills and build a career in engineering.
Apprentices are guaranteed a job upon completion of the three-year course and more than four in five (83%) of those who started on the scheme a decade ago are still working for the organisation today.
Owen Flanders was one of those apprentices, who lives in Ipswich and is now a senior asset engineer based at Stratford in London. Working on one of the most heavily-used freight paths in Britain, which also sees around 32 million passenger journeys a year, Owen started out as an apprentice in 2007. As well as climbing the career ladder, he has gone on to achieve a Master’s in engineering at the University of Birmingham, also funded by Network Rail.
Owen said: “I’d encourage anyone who is leaving school or wants to change their career to think about an apprenticeship. It’s given me a good knowledge of the job, and helped me to get where I am now. I’ve been able to apply what I learn in the classroom to real life experience out on the track, and this spurred me on to study for a Bachelors and then a Masters degree. I’ve always been ambitious, and the apprenticeship has shown me that I can have a job and get an education at the same time.”
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to gain valuable paid work experience, transferable skills and recognised qualifications in one of Britain’s most exciting industries. We are carrying out huge improvements in this region as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, so there are plenty of projects for budding engineers to get stuck in to. I look forward to welcoming our new apprentices to the railway in September.”
The scheme also has a far higher retention rate than the national average for engineering. 75% of those that complete the scheme choose to go into employment with Network Rail, compared to the national average for engineering of 55%.
To find out more and apply for Network Rail’s advance apprenticeship scheme, visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships/
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.