Aspiring rail engineers are being offered the chance of an Apprenticeship with global transport technology giant Bombardier.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) will be providing training for 10 recruits to the firm’s Apprenticeship scheme at its Enfield Centre.
Bombardier is one of the world’s largest engineering and technology companies for the rail and aerospace industries, with more than 70,000 employees in 76 locations in 25 countries.
The new Apprenticeship programme follows a similar partnership with Siemens launched last September, through the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR).
Apprentices will be trained in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and gain the skills to investigate faults and carry out maintenance on trains, including projects on Crossrail.
The Apprenticeship takes 18 months to complete and leads to industry recognised qualifications – Level 2 Rail Engineering (Competence) and Level 2 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge).
It is the first time Bombardier has offered a Level 2 Apprenticeship as part of the Trailblazer scheme, where groups of employers work together to design and set industry standards for training.
Training will initially take place at NTAR’s Training Centre in Northampton and then on site at a rail depots in London and at CONEL, with some additional learning and development taking place at Bombardier’s sites in in Derby and Leicester.
On completion of the training, apprentices will have the chance to further develop their skills with Bombardier.
Entry requirements are grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in GCSE English, maths and ICT, along with a science or engineering qualification or equivalent.