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Disadvantaged youngsters secure work

Eight unemployed youngsters have been offered jobs by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) after graduating from its ‘Get into Railways’ programme with the Prince’s Trust.

HR director Andy Bindon said that seeing the youngsters with their “infectious desire to make a career for themselves” is always a highlight of his year, and welcomed them into the GTR family.

The four-week work experience programme, which has been running for seven years, gives young people aged 18-25, who are struggling to get into employment, vital skills needed to help them find work on the railway.

The eight newstarters begin work with GTR in the coming weeks. Four will join Thameslink and another four Southern.

Cynthia Bosombi-Mandete (Pictured), 26, from Barnet, is one of the four who have been offered a role with Southern. She said: “I’m a full time mum-of-two and I think us mums can sometimes put ourselves in boxes where we don’t feel we can grow, but now I know I can excel.

“Being part of the scheme has given me the determination to have a successful career, for myself, my kids and for the other mums out there.”


Read more: My life in rail – Caitlin Gent


 

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