Rail and Engineering Apprenticeships

Aspiring engineers can find out more about rail and other engineering apprenticeships and careers from top industry experts next month.

In the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) will be holding a rail and engineering day at its Enfield Centre in Hertford Road on Thursday 28 February.

CONEL is home to the London Rail Academy, run in partnership with the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR).

Last year the College scooped the Training Provider of the Year award at the NTAR Apprentice Awards, which also saw CONEL apprentice Chris Redshaw, 17, win the Apprentice of the Year award.

Attendees will have the chance to hear talks and discuss opportunities with representatives from employers including Siemens, Bombardier, Hitachi, Eurostar, Alstrom and Miele.

Schools and colleges are invited to attend the event at the College from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Other prospective students and apprentices invited to come with their parents the same day from 6pm to 8pm.

Last year more than 500 people attended a similar event at the College, which boasts some of the best engineering workshops and training facilities in London.

Siemens apprentice Sophie Davis-Williams, 20, said: "I’ve always wanted to be an engineer and chose to do an apprenticeship because my employer pays for all my fees so I won’t have any debt at the end, and I’m learning practical skills which will help further my career.”

Bombardier apprentice Jordan Narkwa, 23, said: “I’ve always had a keen interest in how the railway industry works.

“At CONEL the facilities are amazing. I’ve learnt a lot of valuable things. The teachers are really amazing and have vast knowledge and experience.”

National Apprenticeship Week is a government initiative that celebrates all apprenticeships and encourages people to choose this pathway to a career.

This year the event runs from 4-9 March.

If you or your school is interested in attending the event, please contact Barry Connelly, Director of London Rail Academy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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