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Crossrail celebrates 1,000th apprentice

A handful of current and former apprentices were at the Elizabeth line’s Tottenham Court Road station to celebrate the project passing the 1,000th apprenticeship milestone.

More than 1,000 apprentices have joined the programme since work began in 2009, either employed directly by Crossrail Limited or its contractors.

The group at Tottenham Court Road station included current apprentices and several qualified apprentices who have gone on to secure roles on projects like Tideway and the Northern line extension.

Crossrail Limited has created 710 apprenticeships during the construction and fit-out of the stations and tunnels. In addition, Bombardier and MTR have created a combined 297 apprenticeships during the manufacturing of the Class 345 fleet and network upgrade programme.

Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail chairman, said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Crossrail project and our commitment to creating quality learning and career opportunities for young people has made a huge contribution towards revitalising our infrastructure skills base.

“Investment in skills and training is essential, not just to the delivery of the Elizabeth line, but also the next generation of projects. I am continually impressed by the drive and commitment of our apprentices and I would like to congratulate each of them on their fantastic achievements.”

Mark Wild, TfL’s managing director of London Underground and the Elizabeth line, said: “The number of apprentices who have worked on the construction of the new railway is quite spectacular. They represent the future of the transport industry and have played a key part in creating the Elizabeth line, which will redefine how people travel around the capital.

“As the line becomes operational we will continue to support apprentices. It is essential that we build on this legacy and inspire more people to realise the fantastic opportunities that are available within the transport industry.”

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