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Sunday, September 24, 2023

TransPennine Express opens doors to next generation of railway talent

TransPennine Express (TPE) has welcomed five new apprentices onboard, expanding its team with fresh talent that will experience different areas of the business as part of the popular two-year scheme.

The train company, which operates trains and stations across the North of England and into Scotland, has introduced the apprentices to the rail industry, with each working in a different department including Business Development, IT, Performance, and Service Planning.

Over the next two years, the five individuals will be fully immersed in the world of TPE, working across the business to see how each function works together to keep customers on the move, all while gaining the skills required for career in the rails. Each will also gain a professional qualification, with TPE working with training providers to ensure the qualifications are relevant and impact both the business and the apprentices positively.

Becky Jones, Talent and Apprenticeship Manager for TransPennine Express said: We’re thrilled to be developing the next generation of rail talent, and are proud to be introducing our five new team members to the world of rail and equipping them with the skills they need to succeed and develop an amazing career.

“Apprenticeships are such a great way for young people to kick-start their career, allowing them to further their education and gain great work experience at the same time. At TransPennine Express we want our apprentices to gain knowledge of the whole business, giving them a great start as they begin to build their careers.

“Our apprentices have already got stuck into our operations and are clearly demonstrating their passion for the rail industry. We’ve got a very strong intake this year and it’s going to be really interesting to see how they develop over the coming 2 years on the scheme, and what they go on to do in the future.”

The apprentices have also started working towards a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, harnessing knowledge in areas such as first aid, retail training and World Host Customer Service, preparing them for their future.

Roman Burke, a Performance apprentice, has joined TPE since finishing his GCSEs. He said: “Coming out of school I had many routes to go down, mainly sixth form or college. Before I heard about the opportunity at TPE, I was pretty set on choosing one of those options. 

“But as soon as I learnt about the role and the company, I knew this was the right route to go down. My dad had already been a driver for the company, so I knew I wanted to work for the organisation and begin my journey in the rail industry.

“In my role, I’ve been taking a close look at the performance of our trains using special software. Our priority is making sure we run a reliable and robust service for customers. 

“What I’ve most enjoyed is going out on the network and seeing different parts of the company, learning about how they operate and what they contribute.”

Many of those from previous intakes have joined TPE permanently since finishing their apprenticeship. Those from the 2021 cohort have already started securing full time roles within the Revenue Protection, Social Media and Control teams.

TPE is proud to be supporting and developing new talent within the industry. More information about the apprenticeship scheme can be found via the TPE website at: tpexpress.co.uk/about-us/apprenticeships

To be notified when applications for the 2023 apprenticeship programme open, register at: https://www.firstgroupcareers.com/company/firsttranspennineexpress/home/

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