Northern Trains to recruit more apprentices 16 February 2024

Northern Trains apprentices Kate Towns (L) with a colleague at Neville Hill

Northern Trains is seeking more people to join its 7,000 strong workforce and gain skills through its apprenticeship scheme.

The company has a range of opportunities across its business, including in engineering, customer service and back-office support and every new driver and conductor recruit will be supported through an apprenticeship qualification.

Northern currently has more than 660 colleagues on apprenticeship programmes across its driving, conducting, engineering and business support operations and this year is planning on enrolling a further 467 onto an apprentice qualification.

Those who are successful in their application will embark on a programme that is a mixture of onsite learning in partnership with Myerscough College (nr Preston) and on the job training in maintenance depots, offices, control centres, at stations and on-board trains. Apprenticeship roles are available across the whole of the north.

In the past four years, Northern has developed 101 engineering apprenticeships and this year are looking to recruit a further 18.

Lisa Leighton, Northern’s people director, said: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for people who want to fast-track their careers.

“We are looking for talented and passionate candidates from all types of backgrounds to join our team. We will introduce apprentices to our amazing business and the way we work, while helping them to build their knowledge around specific roles and the rail industry itself.

“Our apprentices are offered the full support of our dedicated team of Operational Trainers, Apprentice Coaches and Quality Assurance specialists - who are all committed to helping candidates earn while they learn in roles which will lead to recognised qualifications. We are offering real skills for life.”

Applications are open until 18th February 202 and more information is available here.

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