In rail, GTR is aiming to offer 140 apprenticeship places this year to help young people develop their career opportunities on the railways.
A third of apprenticeships were filled by women in 2018 with the aim of attracting even more women to programmes across the board in 2019. GTR has created a number of new roles to help reach this goal, including a new Apprentice Station Manager on Southern Railway and Gatwick Express. The apprenticeships will also be open to existing GTR employees as a means of development for their career. The launch of the recruitment campaign ties in with the Government’s 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week which runs from 4 to 8 March 2019.
As the UK's largest rail franchise, covering 24% of the country's train journeys every day, GTR currently hires more engineering apprentices than any other train operating company (TOC) in the UK. Ten apprentices joined the organisation in 2018 and a further 15 are set to be recruited this year. Most apprentices join the scheme after completing A-Levels and see an apprenticeship as an alternative to going to university. All apprenticeships at GTR combine college study with hands-on experience, resulting in UK-recognised qualifications.
During National Apprenticeship Week, Southeastern signed the ASLEF Apprenticeships Charter - a robust framework to validate and ensure that their Apprenticeships are of the highest value to colleagues and the wider community. From ensuring Apprenticeships are accessible to and achievable by all, to ensuring high quality training and clear individual development is provided at every stage, the Charter will form a valuable part of the Southeastern apprentice journey going forward.
Almost 500 apprentices are currently training with Go-Ahead’s bus and rail companies, with a target to train 1,000 recruits by the end of the year.