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Young Rail Professionals: Exciting developments

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Bonnie Price, Chair, YRP

In an exciting development for the railway industry and, by extension, us young rail professionals, Network Rail has issued a call to arms for firms vying to secure the upcoming Reactive and Minor Works (RMW) framework renewal in the Wales & Western railway region.

The highly anticipated framework, valued at an impressive £750 million, will encompass both reactive and emergency works to Building and Civils assets. It is set to launch on 1 April 2025, presenting a host of opportunities for young professionals aiming to make their mark in the sector.

The framework, which promises to be a game-changer for the region’s railway infrastructure, will span an initial five-year period, with the potential for a three-year extension. Divided into four lots, each with its own financial allocation, the framework is designed to facilitate efficient project management and ensure maximum impact. The breakdown of the lots is as follows:

The procurement process for this prestigious opportunity is well underway, with applications set to open from 15 of January to 19 of February 2024. Aspiring firms are encouraged to prepare their submissions diligently, highlighting their expertise and track record in delivering successful projects within the railway industry.

While this tender race undoubtedly carries tremendous significance for the railway industry as a whole, its impact on the careers of young professionals cannot be understated. Aspiring engineers, project managers, and construction experts can look forward to gaining invaluable experience and contributing to the development and maintenance of vital railway infrastructure. The framework’s long-term nature and potential for extension provide a sense of stability and longevity rarely seen in the industry. This offers young professionals a unique chance to establish themselves and build sustainable careers, while also contributing to the advancement of the Wales & Western railway region.

The railway industry has always been an attractive field for young talent, and the upcoming £750 million framework renewal is set to further enhance its appeal.

YRP Annual Dinner

Since its launch in 2010, YRP has consistently impressed with its annual Black-Tie Dinner, a celebration of the achievements of young talent in the rail industry. As we prepare for another unforgettable event, industry leaders eagerly anticipate an evening of networking, camaraderie, and celebration.

This grand celebration not only honours rising stars but also facilitates connections, partnerships, and idea exchanges among professionals and industry leaders.

Steve Mole, CPC.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and make an impact. Secure your table or ticket by contacting [email protected]. Availability is limited, so act quickly to reserve your spot (Note: there is an early bird discount on tables of 10 until 31 December).

We are thrilled to announce that CPC Project Services proudly sponsors YRP’s Annual Dinner for 2024.

Steve Mole, CPC managing partner said: “As an industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, we at CPC recognise the immense potential of the next generation of professionals who are shaping the future of rail. The dawn of this generational talent promises to be an exhilarating time for the industry, particularly in the vibrant East London, where this year’s dinner will take place.

“Join us as we raise our glasses to the exceptional achievements, unwavering commitment, and boundless passion of these emerging stars. The YRP Annual Dinner is not just an event; it is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the energy and excitement of a thriving industry while forging connections that last a lifetime. Secure your place today and get ready to be part of an unforgettable evening that will leave you inspired, motivated, and connected.”

New awards

This year, the prestigious event introduces three exciting new awards, joining the esteemed lineup of accolades that celebrate the remarkable contributions and accomplishments of professionals at every stage of their careers.

Taking place at the Troxy (pictured right), a Grade II-listed Art Deco gem located on Commercial Road in London, with a rich history dating back to its inception as England’s largest cinema in 1933, Troxy continues to captivate audiences with its grandeur and timeless appeal. In 2006, it was reborn as the vibrant event space that stands today, honoured with Grade II Listed status in 1991.

YRP has meticulously curated a selection of eight prestigious accolades that highlight excellence and passion within the industry. These are:

  • Young Rail Personality of the Year 2024 (New for 2024)
  • Distinguished Service Award (New for 2024)
  • Young Rail Professional of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Young Rail Professionals’ Employer of the Year (SME) (New for 2024)
  • Young Rail Professionals’ Employer of the Year
  • Young Rail Professionals’ Volunteer of the Year

Acknowledging young professionals and mentors fosters a culture of excellence and continuous improvement. Nominating deserving individuals honours their achievements and inspires others. The Awards showcase the skills, dedication, and passion of young rail professionals.

The nomination process serves as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on those who have gone above and beyond, by sharing their stories and celebrating their accomplishments, we inspire future generations and create a supportive environment where young professionals can thrive.

To submit your nomination, please follow the guidelines below:

  • The closing date for entries is Monday 8 January 2024.
  • Nominees do not need to be YRP members.
  • Each person can only be nominated for one award.
  • YRP committee members are not eligible for nomination, except for the ‘Young Rail Professional Volunteer of the Year’ award.
The Troxy.

Nominate now

When submitting your nomination, please provide a concise and compelling overview of your nominee’s achievements, aligning them with the award criteria. To ensure fairness and efficiency, please limit your submission to a maximum of 400 words. By participating in the nomination process, you contribute to the celebration of exceptional talent, dedication, and innovation within the rail industry. Moreover, you provide deserving individuals with the recognition they truly deserve.

The icing on the cake for the winners of the Young Rail Professional Awards 2024 is a prestigious trophy that serves as an enduring symbol of their remarkable accomplishments. Together, let’s celebrate excellence and inspire future generations to reach for the stars.

For more information on the nomination process or to submit a nomination, please visit www.youngrailpro.com/page/yrp-awards-nomination.