Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan
Britain’s railway plays a vital role in getting people to work, bringing businesses and communities closer together and supporting the flow of freight across the country. The Government wants to see the railway continue to grow and to provide passengers and freight customers with a better quality of service. That is why our railway is benefitting from the largest investment programme since the Victorian era.
But to deliver our ambitious rail investment plans and to improve the railway’s performance, we need to attract a new generation of people to work in rail whilst also investing in our existing workforce.
Earlier this year my department, published the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy highlighting the skills challenges facing transport and setting out plans for creating 30,000 apprenticeships, increasing diversity and raising skills levels. The strategy was also a call to action to the wider transport sector to play its part in meeting the skills challenge.
So I am delighted to welcome that the rail sector has responded through this skills plan. It shows how the rail industry will collaborate to deliver a highly-skilled, diverse and flexible workforce, to support the creation of apprenticeships and to promote rail as a high-tech and dynamic industry.
I encourage everyone in the rail sector to get involved in delivering this important strategy and I look forward to seeing some real progress in the coming months.
Paul Maynard MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
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