After securing her apprenticeship three months ago, Danielle Hopkins from Tonypandy is based along Arriva Trains Wales’ Valleys network and is hoping to gain rail industry qualifications with Arriva after being recruited as the UK’s first ever Community Rail Apprentice.
She is currently working towards completing an NVQ Level 2 in Business Development, as well as learning a vast amount of new skills, building strong relationships between the rail industry and the community that it serves, and utilising the tourism opportunity in the Cardiff Valleys. She said:
“I’ve always been interested in the rail industry and the apprenticeship seemed like a great way to get into a working environment without having to go to University first.
“Everyone I work with is extremely welcoming and friendly; they’ve helped me improve my skill set and knowledge around the rail industry, even in the three months that I’ve been here.
“An apprenticeship offers young people the chance to gain hands on skills and an education on the job, so I’d definitely encourage more people who are looking to start a career, to consider an apprenticeship as the way to do this.”
“Lynda Hammett, Talent Manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said:
“Danielle is one of many apprentices at Arriva who highlight the success of our apprenticeship scheme and we’re extremely proud of the programme. Since 2013, we have appointed 28 apprentices across our operations, Customer Service and Engineering functions all of whom have made a fantastic contribution to our business.
“We are delighted that all of the apprentices who have completed their apprenticeships have achieved permanent roles and are forging exciting careers within Arriva Trains Wales, as result of our award-winning apprenticeship programme.”
For more information on Arriva Trains Wales’ apprenticeship programme, please visit: http://www.arriva.co.uk/talented-people/opportunities-at-arriva/apprenticeships