Hitachi Rail to double UK apprentice numbers

Posted on 14 Sep 2017 and read 708 times
Hitachi Rail to double UK apprentice numbersHitachi Rail (www.hitachi-rail.com) has introduced a new national apprentice and graduate programme in the UK to support its growing activity here.

This will see an additional 56 personnel — comprising trainees, graduates and apprentices — inducted at the company’s various facilities across the UK over the next two years, including a number of newly built depots.

Hitachi has already begun the recruitment of 46 new apprentices for its manufacturing and maintenance sites. The company previously recruited 54 train-manufacturing apprentices, who are currently employed at its Newton Aycliffe facility in Durham.

It also plans to employ apprentices at its train maintenance depots in Ashford, Stoke Gifford (Bristol), Doncaster and West London.

Furthermore, the company has invested more than £250 million to establish a network of depots as a part of its commitment to the Government’s £5.7 billion Intercity Express Programme.

These training programmes are expected to support Hitachi’s plan to create a new generation of railway engineers and technicians.

The company says that it aims to have at least 5% of its workforce performing in an entry-level training scheme as part of the initiative; it also aims to employ more than 2,000 people at 15 locations to enable it to efficiently carry out current and future rail projects in the UK.

Hitachi Rail is expected to have 281 trains operating across the UK by 2020. The first new trains are scheduled to begin operating on the Great Western main line later this year.

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