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.
The sites at Reading and Bury takes to ten the number operated by ARC Academy UK, a railway training company which offers a comprehensive portfolio of training programmes primarily to the rail industry, with a specialism in apprentices.
ARC Academy, which has just moved to new premises in Cardiff, says the sites have opened due to increasing demand for its training programmes, including Permanent Way, Track Safety, Small Plant, Competence Management, Apprenticeships, Medical and drug and alcohol screenings and Health Safety training.
One of the company’s key services is recruiting and training the skilled apprentices that the industry needs and it already has 500 on its books.
The company employs up to 50 people and they work closely with many companies, large and small to develop apprenticeship programmes.
Head of Social Media Callum Turnbull said: “We are definitely seeing increasing demand from the industry for apprentices and for the services we offer.
“At a time when the industry is in danger of losing its experienced people through retirement, I think that more and more companies are seeing the value in bringing through the young generation.
“Most of the apprentices we recruit are male but we are delighted to see some females coming into the industry as well.
“We are confident that we can continue to grow and are looking at other sites on which we can open our training facilities.”
To bring through the young talent, ARC Academy UK’s trainers, assessors and management team have been carefully selected and all have extensive experience within the rail industry.
They are a fully accredited NSARE, City Guilds, Edexcel and EAL centre along with ISO9001 and Matrix certification.