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Shorterm recognises apprentice achievement

Shorterm Group, leading specialists in recruitment and technical support services for the engineering industry, is proud to be sponsoring Rail Apprentice of the Year at the RailStaff Awards 2015.

Steve Gallucci, chief executive of Shorterm Group, says, ‘We are delighted to be sponsoring this important and prestigious award. With over 35 years’ experience of supporting the rail industry, we at Shorterm appreciate the commitment increasing numbers of young people make to the industry by taking up an apprenticeship. Right across the industry, their efforts and enthusiasm should be recognised.’

It’s been another successful year for Shorterm. After a rigorous tender exercise, Shorterm Group has been selected as one of just four core suppliers for Network Rail’s new Contingent Labour Framework agreement with a total minimum spend of £450 million over five years.

The move anticipates a strategic change in the number of suppliers from 57 to 20. The four core suppliers will provide 70 per cent of the workforce supported by a number of smaller specialist suppliers.

An accredited provider under RISQS (formerly Link-up), Shorterm provides managers, engineers, safety critical and support staff across a wide range of rail projects throughout the UK.

In addition, the company is also the leading provider of engineering staff to the rolling stock sector.

Says Asif Ahmed, director, Rail Media, ‘The fact is the rail industry needs more apprentices to form the bed rock of a future, highly professional, workforce charged with delivering the railways of the future.

‘CP5 has ushered in a dramatic era of enhanced investment in the rail industry as it works in concert to meet demand. Organisations like Shorterm, which understand the needs and sensitivities of the rail industry, add real value to the ever increasing portfolio of projects and organisations involved in expanding the industry.

Apprentices joining now will progress new capacity initiatives and develop the high speed, better performing, railway of the future. Seeing it through and making it all happen will depend on securing the next generation of railway engineers, operators and visionaries. The RailStaff Awards is part of the movement to salute and encourage everyone from apprentices to life time achievers. Thank you Shorterm.’

Shorterm is a service-led, customer- focussed organisation that is committed to continuous development of rail managers, engineers and staff at all levels. With extensive rail engineering expertise Shorterm is able to provide a dynamic and innovative service to its clients, and is perfectly placed to undertake small or large projects efficiently, professionally and most importantly, safely.

Shorterm Group’s diverse rail offering includes:

• Permanent way engineering
• Signalling and telecoms engineering
• Rail welding and grinding
• Rolling stock technicians
• Depot and fleet management
• Rolling stock design engineers
• Overhead line electrification engineering
• Safety critical personnel
• Electrical and mechanical engineering
• Rail training and assessment services

Lawrence Dobie, Shorterm Group’s director of rail, says, ‘The RailStaff Awards 2015 will be a wonderful celebration of the extraordinary young men and women who make the rail industry such a success. Outstanding apprentices are key to that success.

At Shorterm Group, we continue to rise to the challenge of providing the rail industry with the skilled people it needs to grow. I am proud that we are sponsoring Rail Apprentice of the Year.’

For more information about Shorterm Group, please visit www.shortermgroup.com

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