Alstom opened its Apprentice Training Academy on 7 February, the second day of National Apprenticeship Week 2023.
Following an investment of £250,000 over the last two years, the new Training Academy was officially opened by Derby MP, Dame Margaret Beckett DBE PC MP, accompanied by Nick Crossfield, Managing Director of Alstom UK & Ireland.
On opening the Training Academy, Dame Margaret said, “It’s a real pleasure to open Alstom’s new National Training Centre during National Apprenticeship Week. I am delighted to see Alstom continuing to invest in Derby’s young people, and in the Litchurch Lane facility, the only factory in Britain with the capability to design, build and test new trains for the UK and for export.”
“Alstom has always believed in developing talent through formalised training, as we see apprentices are the future of our industry both here in Britain and around the world,” commented Nick Crossfield, Managing Director of Alstom UK & Ireland. “National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect time for us to open our Academy as we wanted to express our confidence in the future of the UK apprenticeships and the UK rail industry.”
Alstom’s Derby site has been at the heart of British railway manufacturing for 175 years since it was originally established, with generations of train makers trained on site to manufacture the most technological advanced trains for Britain’s rail passengers for nearly two centuries. Today, Derby is the UK’s only end-to-end train manufacturing site, and makes trains both for the UK and export market.
The new Training Academy, featuring 17 permanent teaching staff, is an innovation that increases the professionalisation of Alstom’s training offer in the UK.
The Academy is in a central location on Alstom’s Derby site and offers 1,600m2 of practical learning space comprising four classrooms, a canteen, coffee area, and break out study areas where the new trainees are inducted at Alstom.
In their first week, the new trainees are taught the company’s values as a leader in smart and sustainable mobility, including the Alstom Zero Deviation Plan, the Alstom Production System (APSYS), ethics and diversity standards, quality awareness and personal safety to ensure each new employee goes home safely every day.
This year’s intake of 120 apprentices and graduates will be the first to formally benefit from the Academy scheme. Depending on career stream, each apprentice will spend an initial three weeks in the Academy learning the initial skills and competencies they need to perform their role, including a strong focus on safety and quality before they join their respective teams.
They will spend 30 to 40 hours a month attending the Academy throughout their apprenticeship. All courses are structured to complement each apprentice’s college or university course which they will also attend throughout their apprenticeship. Alstom works closely with Derby College as well as Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield Universities.
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