Rail Apprenticeships continue to remain significant part of the 3 million target set by the government for 2020. NSAR & NTAR’s dedication to rail apprenticeships is evident in the services that they provide. Take Charlotte Mortimer – undertaking a Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship with Angel Trains, currently studying foundation engineering skills and core industry knowledge at Northampton College.
“I always wanted to work in rail as I commuted a lot to Liverpool and enjoyed the journeys. I initially applied for an apprenticeship with Siemens but was unsuccessful. Siemens then suggested I register with the NSAR- Connect Service (a placement platform enabling students, graduates and apprentices to connect with potential employers). Within a month I secured an apprenticeship with Angel Trains via Northampton college and now I get the benefits of working for a leading rail employer and training at the state of the art facility at NTAR.”
Charlotte Mortimer – Apprentice at Angel Trains
Charlotte’s programme is comprised of multiple modules ranging from mechanical principles and electrical installation in the college workshop to specialist units on passenger comfort and rail traction systems at NTAR. Charlotte is developing knowledge of engineering drawing, health & safety, and materials and also building on practical skills through making things such as drill drifts. Competency on each module is tested by completion of specific assignments. Charlotte will go on to take placements in a real working rail maintenance environment, and will build up an e-portfolio of evidence of her Technical, Occupational, and Professional competence, securing her position as a TOP technician in the industry.
Charlotte’s story is particularly significant as she bucks the trend being a female in the rail industry which is often said to lack diversity and inclusion.
“It’s great to see NSAR-Connect being put to good use, and we hope that many more will be
re-deployed and retained within an industry which skilled individuals are needed now, and for the future.
Neil Franklin – Head of Skills Intelligence, NSAR
If you are interested in rail apprenticeships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To register or to find out more about NSAR-Connect visit www.nsar.co.uk/services/connect
To find out more about NTAR visit www.ntar.co.uk