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Rail training company widens its Apprenticeships offer

Rail training company widens its Apprenticeships offer

An organisation that works to provide skilled workers for the railway industry has expanded the opportunities it offers to young people. Railway training company ARC Academy, which operates specialist training sites around the UK, has been on a recruitment drive and is now adding an electrical skills apprenticeship to its offer on one of its sites.

Recruit women, urges engineers’ first female leader

Recruit women, urges engineers’ first female leader

Expert problem-solvers are in short supply, and women make up less than 10% of the workforce, warns new engineering president Naomi Climer

Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'

Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'

The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said.

Double decker trains are designed to help ease overcrowding

Double decker trains are designed to help ease overcrowding

The trains could be introduced on British railways within years as designers work on new model

Rocketing rail electrification costs unacceptable, say MPs

Rocketing rail electrification costs unacceptable, say MPs

A £1.2bn hike in the cost of the Great Western Main Line rail electrification is "staggering and unacceptable", the Public Accounts Committee has said.

UK apprenticeships plan attacked by key employer groups

UK apprenticeships plan attacked by key employer groups

The CBI and EEF sceptical about government plan to create 3m apprenticeships in five years, fearing high cost to business and low quality of training.

10 Reasons An Apprenticeship Is More Beneficial Than University

10 Reasons An Apprenticeship Is More Beneficial Than University

It's a crucial time for young people to decide whether they are going to spend the next three years at university - or pursue an alternative route. Apprenticeships have long been considered a "second class route", but public opinion is changing, and rightly so. Not only do they offer a viable alternative to going to university, it's also an incredibly attractive option to boot. We've pulled together some reasons which might make you think twice about apprenticeships.

Network Rail investment plan has 'staggering' costs, report finds

Network Rail investment plan has 'staggering' costs, report finds

Future of UK railway regulator in doubt after Public Accounts Committee says it has concerns over rail investment.

First look at new Crossrail trains - with free Wi-Fi and 4G access

First look at new Crossrail trains - with free Wi-Fi and 4G access

The trains are due to enter service on the new cross-London line in 2017

Rail companies to be fined for late-running services

Rail companies to be fined for late-running services

Ministers are introducing a penalty scheme to hold rail operators directly responsible and tackle companies who pass the blame.

Rail industry still struggling to address gender imbalance

Rail industry still struggling to address gender imbalance

New figures have suggested that just 16.4 per cent of the UK rail industry workforce is female. The study, which has been released by Women in Rail, raised particular concerns about the shortage of women in rail engineering, just 4 per cent, and managerial positions.

Rail training company’s Apprenticeships recruitment drive a success

Rail training company’s Apprenticeships recruitment drive a success

ARC Academy UK, which is based in Cardiff, offers a comprehensive portfolio of training programmes to the rail industry, including providing Apprenticeships, and recruits are currently being sought for its sites at Cardiff, Bury, Watford and Barnsley.

£7m Rail Academy opens in Northampton

£7m Rail Academy opens in Northampton

The new National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) has opened in Northampton, providing a centre of learning that will focus on the development of digital skills.

It's time to take apprenticeships seriously

It's time to take apprenticeships seriously

A degree isn't the only route to a better career. If you're weighing up your options, you should also consider an apprenticeship.

Osborne launches National Infrastructure Commission

Osborne launches National Infrastructure Commission

Chancellor George Osborne has launched the National Infrastructure Commission to oversee £100bn of spending on infrastructure projects.

Chancellor launches £100 billion scheme at York's National Railway Museum

Chancellor launches £100 billion scheme at York's National Railway Museum

ACKLING the poor east to west connectivity that blights the North of England will be one of the first tasks of the Chancellor's new National Infrastructure Commission, George Osborne announced in York today.

Career opportunities in the rail sector

Career opportunities in the rail sector

With major projects underway including London’s new East-West rail link, Crossrail, new intercity trains being built for two of the UK’s main lines, and plans for High Speed Two (HS2) steaming ahead, the industry is facing a very busy period.

All change: Britain's railways on the verge of a shake-up

All change: Britain's railways on the verge of a shake-up

On a mild autumnal morning on the outskirts of Oxford last Monday, Chiltern Railways put its name in the history books.

10 Reasons To Do An Apprenticeship

10 Reasons To Do An Apprenticeship

The rest of your life is ahead of you. How are you going to make the most of it?

Skilled worker shortage 'major threat' to rail upgrades and housebuilding

Skilled worker shortage 'major threat' to rail upgrades and housebuilding

Plans to increase housebuilding and upgrade the railways are being threatened by a shortage of skilled workers, a new report has warned.

Rail training company embarks on Apprenticeships recruitment campaign

Rail training company embarks on Apprenticeships recruitment campaign

An organisation that works to provide skilled workers for the railway industry has embarked on a recruitment drive for new Apprentices.

Labour conference: Rail nationalisation now official policy

Labour conference: Rail nationalisation now official policy

Labour activists have voted to officially back rail nationalisation as party policy at their conference. Bringing the railways back into public ownership was a key plank of Jeremy Corbyn's successful leadership bid.

Network Rail to restart electrification of train lines

Network Rail to restart electrification of train lines

The electrification of two railway lines is to be restarted after the projects were halted so a review could be carried out, the government says.

Rail apprenticeships must stay on track

Rail apprenticeships must stay on track

Britain’s railway sector must improve on efforts to develop apprenticeships, despite a recent pause placed on two major electrification programmes, the Transport Secretary has said.

PM announces £1m rail competition to attract tourists

PM announces £1m rail competition to attract tourists

David Cameron announced on the 17th of July a new £1m ‘Rail for Tourism innovation’ competition run jointly by RSSB and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Network Rail chief confirms commitment to training apprentices at new £49m Basingstoke campus

Network Rail chief confirms commitment to training apprentices at new £49m Basingstoke campus

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne visited the new training campus at the Basingstoke Rail Operating and Training Centre with two of Network Rail’s first year apprentices on Thursday (20 Aug).

Scheme to create 30,000 rail and road apprenticeships

Scheme to create 30,000 rail and road apprenticeships

The government is pledging to create 30,000 new apprenticeships in the rail and road sectors by the end of this Parliament.

Rail training company opens new training sites

Rail training company opens new training sites

An organisation that works to provide skilled workers for the railway industry is going from strength to strength with the opening of two new training sites.

VolkerRail apprentice wins CITB Apprentice of the Year Award!

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Apprenticeships: it’s time to get on board

Apprenticeships: it’s time to get on board

There are plans to invest £25 billion to fund more than 200 projects in the rail in-dustry up until 2019. While this is great news given the severe skills shortage in the industry, it also poses a challenge regarding who is going to carry out the work.

Developing apprentices in the rail industry

In recent weeks, it has been announced that passenger journeys on UK railways is at a record high. A report published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) shows that there were 407.7 million passenger journeys between July 2014 and September 2014 – an increase of 4.4% from the same time period in 2013, and the largest number of passenger journeys recorded in a single quarter since the data was first collated in 2002.

ARC New Statesman Article - October 14

Based in Wales, ARC Academy UK was established in June 2011 to deliver work-place skills to the long-term unemployed in rail engineering, health and social care, construction and call centres.

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