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On the fast track to success with Network Rail

22 July 2019

Earlier this month, Network Rail, in collaboration with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), invited students from five Bedfordshire schools to visit a rail depot to encourage more students to consider a career in the railway industry and find out about the Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.
The visit allowed over 40 students from Bedford Academy, Lincroft Academy, Kempston Challenger Academy, St Thomas More Catholic School and Biddenham International School and Sports College to discover more about working in the railway industry and what it takes to have a successful career at Network Rail.
They took part in a series of activities, including a depot tour, which gave students an opportunity to talk to those working in the rail industry and find out more about the types of roles which are available. The visit also highlighted Network Rail’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.
Lily Kitchen, HR Project Leader for Network Rail said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Network Rail to work collaboratively with SEMLEP and to highlight Network Rail’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.
“We will have several places on the scheme available in Bedford and recruitment will start in September. Network Rail is passionate about inspiring the next generation to get into rail and raise awareness of the huge variety of opportunities there are to work in our industry.”
Cath Stanton, Assistant Principal at Lincroft Academy said: “Our students attended the Network Rail event and they all thoroughly enjoyed the morning. A number of students left armed with details of future Apprenticeships and are extremely excited at the opportunities that the event opened up to them. Thank you to Network Rail and SEMLEP for organising this event.”
Peter Rayner, Enterprise Coordinator at SEMLEP said: “All the available evidence concludes that engagement with employers and employees, including workplace visits, improves the academic attainment of school students through increased motivation and inspires them about their future careers.
“This was a great example of a high impact workplace visit for young people. We are currently looking for more local employers, like Network Rail, to support schools and colleges in preparing students for the transition into employment. If you are interested in getting involved, please email me at Peter.Rayner@semlep.com or call 01234 436100.”
To find out more about Network Rail’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme, please visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships/

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