Apprentices are given chance to get on track

Business Press you ran a feature on the Vital Rail apprentice scheme at the Yorkshire Rail Academy in partnership with National Railway Museum.

What wasn’t mentioned was that 15 trainees from Vital came to the Derwent Valley Light Railway at Murton, near York.

This was to give them handson experience to train on an actual railway, rather than a mock set up.

During the week, on non-running days, the students were given the opportunity to carry out various tasks on the DVLR’s tracks, such as checking track alignment, balasting, greasing and oiling, moving components plus various other tasks.

At the end of their 26-week course, under close supervision, the apprentices demonstrated their new skills by laying 40 metres of new track into a new siding being built at the railway station.

Apprentice Gavin Redshaw enjoyed the time spent on the historic historic railway so much that he has joined as a volunteer. Gavin has also gained his Level 2 Track Engineering, Track Competency and Personal Track Safety diploma.

We are pleased to have given the lads a step up towards their adult working life and thank them for their time and effort.

David J Wilde, Chairman, Derwent Valley Light Railway

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10:16am Sat 24 Nov 12

sheps lad says...

Well done! nothing like a bit of cheap labour.
Well done! nothing like a bit of cheap labour. sheps lad

11:35am Sat 24 Nov 12

YSTClinguist says...

"Education opens doors." That's one young lad who's found something that interested him and knows the answer now to that question all kids are asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I hope the rest find gainful employment that is austerity proof and can carry on to raise families and enjoy their lives in some semblance of comfort.
"Education opens doors." That's one young lad who's found something that interested him and knows the answer now to that question all kids are asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I hope the rest find gainful employment that is austerity proof and can carry on to raise families and enjoy their lives in some semblance of comfort. YSTClinguist

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