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Welsh College to Develop Rail Related Careers and Apprenticeships

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Coleg Gwent partners with the National Skills Academy (NSAR) to become a member of the National Network of Colleges (for Rail).

NSAR has been established to deliver a modern and efficient railway by developing a highly skilled and productive workforce. They recently announced their ‘National Training Partnership’ programme which enlists the Network of Colleges and Training Providers to integrate education into professional development and training. Coleg Gwent will be joining the likes of National Rail and Transport for Wales as part of this initiative.

Principal Guy Lacey, said:

“We were pleased to partner with NSAR to promote rail related careers and apprenticeships among our learners here at Coleg Gwent. According to NSAR’s report on ‘Today’s available Workforce’, the number of younger employees in Wales is lower than the UK average in this sector. This is why we have decided to help, as the partnership can help secure a career for our students in some industry leading organisations.”

In 2017, 96 individuals of the current railway workforce were on target to reach retirement age, where as it is expected to reach 214 in 2020. This highlights the need and the rail industry welcomes younger generations to filter in to the rail industry to address the skills gap.

If you are interested in a career in the rail industry, check out Coleg Gwent’s vocational courses at their website: www.coleggwent.ac.uk