Talent trawl for railways

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Solihull College and Virgin Trains have joined forces to find unemployed young people, aged between 18 and 24, to join the company’s training scheme.

The 13-week course will combine classroom training with first hand experience on trains and stations working as a member of the Virgin Trains customer service team in the West Midlands.

Successful candidates will gain qualifications in customer service as well as beefing up skills in English and Maths. Top performers will have  a chance of joining the company full time.

Says Amanda Robinson of Virgin Trains, ‘We know that there are a lot of young, talented people in the West Midlands who are struggling to find work. The new traineeship programme is designed to give them a real insight into a career in customer service, something that will stand them in good stead and give them the confidence to go out there and secure full-time employment.’

The traineeship is an unpaid, work- based, programme designed to teach people basic work and interpersonal skills.