The UK’s Light Rail industry, led by the Midland Metro Alliance, has been given the go-ahead from the Institute for Apprenticeships to develop an employer-led apprenticeship standard for Tramway (Light Rail) Construction and Renewals. Work will begin shortly to develop the standard and once the scheme has been agreed, employers could start to train the first apprentices in early 2019.
The apprenticeship programme is a valuable tool for recruiting new talent and it supports the transfer of industry knowledge from one generation to the next. The initiative will provide an opportunity for employers to develop a focused apprenticeship which is responsive to the needs of the industry.
Rose Rees, Training and Development Manager for Midland Metro Alliance, said: “Input from employers across the industry is crucial to ensure that the new apprenticeship will cover all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to undertake tramway construction and renewal activities in complex, ever-changing urban environments.”
Alejandro Moreno, Director of Midland Metro Alliance, said: “We believe that one way of maintaining a strong and sustainable workforce is to invest in it. The tramway sector is currently undergoing a period of expansion and apprenticeships are a great way to secure the future talent we need. We are delighted to be leading on this initiative.’
Employers and key stakeholders will have an opportunity to contribute to these exciting developments through consultations and a number of work streams that are being established. The Should you wish to register your interest in the project or to find out more about how to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.