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Based in Hull and Manchester, the eight new apprentices have now started a two-year scheme where they will ‘earn while they learn’ and gain the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the rail sector.
Sue Whaley, HR Director at TPE, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome our ‘inspiration’ of apprentices to TPE as they begin their two year scheme. It’s a great opportunity for them to work hard and kick start their rail career.
“I’m particularly pleased that Colette, who will be working in train planning, and Caitlin, who will be working in engineering, are taking up positions in two departments where the industry has struggled to attract women. It’s really important to us that our workforce actually represents the communities that we serve, so this is a great step in that direction.”
Women make up just 20% of people working in the rail industry, which can also struggle to encourage ethnic minorities to choose rail as a career path. TPE are committed to changing this to ensure that the company’s workforce actually represents the communities served by their services. Alongside the apprenticeship scheme, the company has recently teamed up with the Make the Grade programme with the Ahead Partnership, which supports children with skill sharing and mentorships.
Caitlin Gent, Engineering Apprentice from Chorley, commented: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to work for such a fast developing company. I’m very excited to begin my journey as an engineer apprentice. I’m hoping to inspire and encourage women and girls to consider this career path.”