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ScotRail announces apprenticeship opportunities to 'kick-start careers'

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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ScotRail announces new apprenticeship opportunities. Picture: ScotRail.
ScotRail announces new apprenticeship opportunities. Picture: ScotRail.

ScotRail announces apprenticeship opportunities to 'kick-start careers', and champions achievements of those on an career pathway with the train operator.

The new ScotRail apprenticeships will be offering employment and training, with positions available in sectors ranging from engineering and administration to customer service.

Apprenticeships can last up to five years, many of which include time to attend college or university.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 4 to 8, recognises the contribution of apprenticeships to individuals, employers, and the wider Scottish economy.

ScotRail has now announced further investment in apprenticeships which can help shape the future skills base of the workforce, and provide young people with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and education to kick-start their careers.

Blyth recently joined ScotRail as an apprentice engineer. She said: “I joined ScotRail when I was 16, and it’s such a great company to work for.

“As an apprentice, I can attend further education and receive training to become an engineer.

“At first, it’s hard to grasp that you’ll be one of a few females working in the depot, but ScotRail is very welcoming.

“The men and women I work with are very helpful, non-judgemental, and I know I will be supported and accepted no matter my gender.

“I think ScotRail is a great place to work, it’s really friendly, and it’s a job for life.”

Ryan is a first-year finance graduate apprentice working at ScotRail’s Head Office. He said:“ScotRail is a huge company with a very good reputation, so when I saw they were offering apprenticeships it was an opportunity I really couldn’t refuse.

“Being a finance graduate apprentice means you work in the Head Office, and you also go to university.

“After completing my degree at Robert Gordon University, I hope to complete my professional ICAS qualification to become a chartered accountant. So there’s a clear pathway for my role at ScotRail.

“What’s good about being an apprentice is that you’re working with such a knowledgeable team who are always there to help. Being alongside them definitely develops your knowledge of the whole business of finance, which you wouldn’t get when you’re at university.

“If you’re thinking about taking an apprenticeship with ScotRail, I would say definitely go for it.”

Further information on apprenticeship opportunities can be found on the ScotRail Early Careers website at www.scotrail.co.uk/early-careers

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