Since September 2013, Arriva Trains Wales has recruited 26 Apprentices under the age of 24, with many securing full-time work and the others working towards qualifications in a wide range of disciplines from Engineering (HNC), ICT (Level 3 NVQ Certificate), Business Administration (Level 3 NVQ Certificate) in order to secure future employment with the rail operator.
These apprentices have worked in fields ranging from engineering and train planning to customer relations and ICT. Arriva Trains Wales recently advertised a Community Rail apprentice position – the first of its kind in the UK.
Demi Woodham who is currently completing her Engineering Apprenticeship said:
“The rail industry is seen as a male dominated profession but I felt very welcome from the start. I love coming to work every day and it has proved to be a wonderful opportunity and a fantastic path to be on.”
“Everyone I have worked with has helped me improve my skill set and my knowledge of the company and our trains. I have learned many new skills from the staff I work with at the depot each day, and feel like a valuable member of the team. I would like to continue working in the rail industry after my apprenticeship and, hopefully, stay within the train maintenance section at Arriva Trains Wales.”
Elin Lewis, recruitment and talent advisor for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “Working closely with Welsh Government, Careers Wales, colleges around the country and a leading learning and development company, we have managed to create a programme that will provide our young apprentices with the opportunity to build a career within this growing industry, acquire new skills and knowledge on-the-job, and gain vital support and guidance from our experienced employees.”
The recruitment of our apprentices has undoubtedly made a significant contribution to the future sustainability of the business and we wish Jordan and Dale all the best for their careers within the railway industry.