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With continued levels of investment in rail and major infrastructure improvements across the UK, for anyone considering a future in the rail industry, the career prospects couldn’t be better.

‘The future’s looking extremely bright,’ said Ford & Stanley managing director James Wall. ‘The opportunities for growth in rail are unprecedented. As the industry continues to evolve, so does the need for talent. At Ford & Stanley we understand the importance of sourcing the right talent for the right role.’

Projects are piling up. Before a spade has even touched the ground on HS2, there is a commitment to improve capacity through the Pennines with ‘HS3’. In the capital it is looking increasingly likely that Crossrail 2 will go ahead and on the conventional network several large-scale electrification programmes are either already underway or on the horizon. Then there are plans to procure new rolling stock and renew some of the tired existing fleet. It all adds up to an increase in demand for staff at all levels.

Ford & Stanley’s reputation is built on service excellence in professional recruiting within the consultancy and engineering market. However, it is recognised that maintaining this standard across the trade and technical market remains a challenge.

‘Our clients have expressed the difficulties they face in sourcing first-class trade and technical candidates that are fully equipped for the workplace,’ James explains. ‘We pride ourselves in offering exceptional service across the entire brand, therefore listening to our clients and actioning their feedback is a key priority.’


In response to market and client demand, Ford & Stanley has recently launched its trade and technical recruitment brand Talentwise; an all-encompassing recruitment service sourcing first-class talent within the rail industry.

Talentwise goes beyond standard recruitment practices by equipping staff with railway standard tooling, workwear and the bespoke training and competency management required to ensure a smooth transition into the workplace.

As part of the on-boarding process, Ford & Stanley equip all candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfill the role requirements.

‘As one of our value added services, we offer our clients the ability to be able to tap into bespoke training and competency management programmes. We also provide management information and reporting to our clients at all levels, ensuring full visibility of recruitment activities throughout the entire process.’

If you’re seeking to enhance your career within the trade and technical arena or are looking for your next role within the rail industry, contact Ford & Stanley’s recruitment specialists on 01332 344443 or recruitment@


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