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An apprenticeship deal has been signed at East Kent Railway in Shepherdswell that could lead to careers in the rail industry.

04 March 2014
by Beth Robson

An apprentice scheme at East Kent Railway Trust will now help youngsters into railway careers for years to come after a permanent agreement has been signed.

The Shepherdswell charity’s pilot scheme, in partnership with railway training organisation ARC Academy UK, has trained 35 trainees - a success that will make the project a permanent addition to the mining railway heritage site.

A permanent apprenticeship deal has been signed at East Kent Railway Trust, training rail workers of the future.

A permanent apprenticeship deal has been signed at East Kent Railway Trust, training rail workers of the future.

Gary Cox, apprenticeship liaison officer at EKRT, said: “This scheme is important for everyone involved but most importantly for the trainees themselves."

Some of the apprentices on the 10-12 week scheme have been involved in drink and drugs, problems they have put behind them thanks to finding a new purpose. 

It could lead to careers in the railway industry and links with recruitment firms McGinleys and SWGR could lead to jobs quickly.

For the full story, pictures and details on how to enroll or volunteer, see this week's Mercury, out on Thursday. 

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