Welcome on-board! Eight new apprentices join the TransPennine Express team

Friday 30th September 2016
Intercity train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has welcomed eight new apprentices, who have started with the company in a range of roles.

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.

The apprentices will take up positions across the business, including in train planning, engineering and customer experience, whilst studying for a professional qualification, which will be delivered by The Manchester College. The apprentices will also work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Back row, left to right:

  • Lee Mapother – Control

  • Nathan Hargreaves – Commercial

  • Colette Stocks – Train Planning

  • Matthew Molyneux – Customer Experience

  • Alfie Oglesby – Customer Experience

Front row, left to right:

  • Emma Hill – Customer Experience

  • Caitlin Gent - Engineering

  • Liane McMahon – Customer Relations

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.”

Nathan Hargreaves, Commercial Apprentice from Preston, said: 

“At 17 I’m the youngest employee at TPE! I’ve really enjoyed my time with the company so far and I’m looking forward to the future with TransPennine Express.”

Emma Hill, Customer Experience Apprentice from Manchester, said:

“I’m currently working with the revenue protection department. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and am thoroughly enjoying the scheme, both inside and outside the classroom!”

Collete Stocks, Train Planning Apprentice from Wigan, commented: 

“I’m really looking forward to all the opportunities and challenge that my apprenticeship will bring, and I am also excited to complete my Duke of Edinburgh award.”

Liane McMahon, Customer Relations Apprentice from Bolton, commented: 

“I was thrilled to have been offered a position as a customer relations apprentice, especially at this exciting time in the rail industry! This apprentice is the beginning of what I hope is a fulfilling and exciting career path.”

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