Angelica Momodu, 18, Vital Rail’s first female apprentice, is urging other girls to take up rail engineering. ‘I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and it doesn’t bother me that I’m the only girl in my group.’
Most of my friends are male and it’s all good fun,’ says Angelica who started with Vital last December. Angelica, employed by Vital Rail, is completing her Apprenticeship in Rail Engineering at Epping Ongar, where the group is working on a project to maintain a six-mile heritage railway site.
Vital Skills Training set an ambitious target to recruit and train 270 rail apprentices in 2012 and is already a third of the way there with 88 apprentices working on projects across the country.
Rob Clarke, apprentice trainer at Vital Skills Training said, ‘The rail sector consists of a much older workforce and this group of young apprentices is like a new lease of life that will secure the skills and knowledge needed to support the many infrastructure projects that are planned for the future.’