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CH2M supports inaugural Railway Engineering Apprentice Study Week at National Training Academy for Rail

CH2M came together last week with the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium and other firms in the sector to host 53 Railway Engineering Apprentices at the National Training Academy for Rail.

CH2M came together last week (26 – 30 October) with the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) and other firms in the sector to host 53 Railway Engineering Apprentices at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), a state of the art training facility in Northampton.

Hosted just before the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which has been running all week in the UK (2 – 6 November), the course saw over 50 apprentices attend the National Skills Academy’s new facility to gain an introduction to the rail industry, develop their knowledge of the sector and receive skills and advice to pursue careers in rail.

A variety of activities were carried out, ranging from real working life challenges and practical hands-on experience to site visits and mentoring sessions supported by staff from the companies who have helped host the event.

This study week is the first major event which supports the Railway Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme – one of the first trailblazer apprenticeship schemes to have been approved by Government and progress to the delivery phase. CH2M played a major part in developing these apprenticeship standards, with CH2M engineer Karen Hoad acting as the Industry Chair of the Railway Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme. 

Commenting on the study week, CH2M’s Karen Hoad said: “As the UK embarks upon one of its biggest ever investments in new rail infrastructure it is critical that we, as companies, provide opportunities for young people to develop the knowledge and skills we need now and in the future. This Study Week has been a vital part of each apprentice’s training and we hope it has given them an understanding as to how the rail system operates that combines hands-on experience with theory and academic learning.

“Hosted just before the start of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, this course came along at a crucial time for the sector and highlights the importance of attracting new talent to fulfil the 1.82 million UK engineering roles that are needed before 2022.”

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