Apprentice plan in line to hit target
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Rail bosses are right on track to help a citywide apprenticeship pledge reach its target.
Vital Rail, based in Ordsall, has taken on 60 apprentices as its contribution to an ambitious recruitment drive across Salford.
The drive is being masterminded by Trinity Business Training, the business centre arm of Salford City College, which pledged in January to help find training places for up to 500 apprentices this year.
And bosses at Trinity are delighted with Vital Rail’s massive support for the project.
Rachel Kay, director of Trinity Business Training, said: "We’re absolutely thrilled about reaching this apprenticeships agreement with Vital Rail. The quality and sheer number of apprenticeships on offer bodes extremely well for Salford."
Vital Rail provides a range of rail-associated services to Network Rail and London Underground. These include contracting, planning, project management and health and safety.
In addition, the company’s workforce is assessed for safety and competence by the group’s own internal NVQ-accredited training company, Vital Skills Training.
Students leaving Salford City College’s City Campus Skills Centre with a level one qualification will be eligible for the scheme and, if successful, will be able to progress their careers, as well as progress up to HND level on the scheme, if they wish.
Lawrence Dobie, operations manager at Vital Skills Training said: "There are clear benefits for Vital in this partnership. We get to build the skills of our staff by recruiting young people who will be the engineers of the future for the railway industry.
"The college is the expert on further education, funding and government support, and we’re working together for the wider community."