DB Cargo has decided to ensure it has a secure supply chain of trained personnel to handle its freight trains with a new Level 3 Train Driver Apprenticeship programme, launched in conjunction with the National College for High Speed Rail.
The apprenticeship will provide the trainees with a recognised qualification to validate their internal technical training and vocational training. The National College for High Speed Rail is the main apprenticeship provider, with DB Cargo UK providing the technical driver training.
DB Cargo UK’s Apprenticeships Manager Kerrie Talbot said “the programme further strengthened the company’s working relationship with the college which stands just a stone’s throw from DB’s headquarters in Lakeside, Doncaster.”
She continued “A special thank you to Marie Orchard, Apprenticeship Standards from NSAR, who brought the trailblazer group together, and all the rail companies that worked on creating an apprenticeship standard for train drivers that works for the industry. There is an acute shortage of train drivers here in the UK and this is an excellent way of developing a new pipeline of talent and creating the next generation of drivers.”
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