Andy Ridout, managing director of specialist railway recruitment company advance-TRS, has backed HS2.
Recent government undertakings to extend High Speed 2 through to Manchester and Leeds mean the need for skilled railway engineers will become more urgent.
Traditionally short-term contracts and stop-start investment cycles have seen training and recruitment suffer. That’s all changing now as plans for HS2 power ahead.
‘Creating long term and reliable employment will not only save rail organisations themselves money on short- term contract hires, but will have a holistic benefit for the whole industry through the investment in staff training,’ says Andy Ridout.
‘Training will ensure that younger workers are given the opportunity to provide an in depth, knowledgeable service, comparable with that of the facility provided by their more experienced counterparts.’
Ridout is taking on more staff and expanding his business carefully ahead of burgeoning demand.
‘With an ageing workforce this kind of employee investment is imperative,’ he went on.
‘The new railway, costing £30 billion; it’s commissioning and substantial government investment in Crossrail, Great Western electrification and better freight connections mean government and business confidence in the rail industry is booming. This will in turn inspire many rail companies to invest in in permanent recruits.’
advance-TRS offers clients extensive training in candidate attraction, staff retention and maximum employee utilisation. If you feel your company could benefit from staff training or management training or if you simply wish to recruit with like-minded rail experts, then call advance-TRS on 01483 361 061 or visit their new website at www.advance-trs.com.