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Engineering firms host aspiring engineers at the inaugural Railway Apprenticeship Study Week

CH2M will be involved in hosting the inaugural National Apprenticeship Study Week as part of the Railway Engineering Design Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme.

CH2M is delighted to announce it will be involved in hosting the inaugural National Apprenticeship Study Week as part of the Railway Engineering Design Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme.

The week-long course, which will take place from the 26 – 30 October, will see 70 apprentices attend the National Skills Academy’s new National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton to give them an introduction to the rail industry, develop their knowledge of the sector and provide them with skills and advice to pursue careers in the sector. A variety of academic activities has been planned including hands-on experience, real working life challenges and mentoring sessions supported by staff from the companies who have helped develop the standard.

This study week is the first major event which makes up the Railway Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme – which is one of the first trailblazer apprenticeship schemes to have been approved by Government and progress to the delivery phase. Commencing in September 2015, CH2M is working alongside other engineering firms in the UK to encourage more young people to consider careers in the railway industry, with the apprenticeship programme offering young people a work based route into a career as a professional engineer.

Commenting on the study week, Karen Hoad, Industry Chair of the Railway Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme and Rail Engineer at CH2M, said: “We are delighted to be hosting over 70 aspiring rail engineers at the new NSARE facility in Northampton in October. This study week will be the first major event to kick off the Railway Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme and marks the beginning of a three year journey that will help build the next generation of British engineers and technicians.

“With a shortfall of 55,000 engineering jobs a year in the UK, there is clearly a growing need for more trained engineers to enter the sector; programmes such as this play a major role in developing new talent and inspiring more young people to become rail engineers.”

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