UK: Network Rail Promotes Apprenticeships
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Apprenticeships in the UK can sometimes carry with them a stigma that they are a less worthwhile alternative to higher education. Network Rail, the UK’s infrastructure provider, have released figures which show the success of its apprentices as part of a campaign to promote apprentices through parents, teachers and employers.
Mark Carne, Managing Director of Network Rail said:
“Our apprenticeship scheme has been running for ten years and we are incredibly proud of what our graduates have gone on to achieve. Many tell us that our scheme has fast-tracked them towards achieving personal and professional goals ahead of their friends, such as managing a team and buying a house.
“Our graduated apprentices are living proof that there should be no stigma associated with apprenticeships, and that with the right attitude and work ethic, you can reap the rewards alongside those who have chosen a university route. In fact, many of our apprentices have gone on to gain higher qualifications, including degrees, through our education programme. I would urge employers, teachers and parents to join forces to educate young people about the fantastic benefits that an apprenticeship can offer, both in a personal and professional capacity.”
The research released shows that its Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme delivers a rewarding and profitable career. A survey of the scheme’s graduates found that more than half of those surveyed were the first in their peer groups to buy a house and be promoted and nearly half said they were headed towards a senior management position within five years. More importantly, 69% felt that they are in a role where they can make a tangible difference.
Network Rail is currently recruiting up to 150 apprentices across the country as part of a drive deliver the £40billion Railway Upgrade Plan.