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Bombardier backs youth Christmas rail
brings festive
cheer
Transport bosses in Greater diesel units.
Manchester have welcomed Yvonne Creswell, GMPTA
the return of a Christmas spokesperson for Bury, said,
shuttle service on the East ‘What better way to reduce the
Lancashire Railway line for the stress of Christmas shopping
fourth year in a row. than leaving the car at home
Greater Manchester and making an event out of it?
Passenger Transport Authority I am sure these special services
(GMPTA) is encouraging people will be warmly welcomed by
to avoid the Christmas traffic people looking to add a little
and use the service over the magic to the festive season
festive season. Running and avoid the Christmas traffic
between Bury and Heywood jams.’
stations, the shuttles will Services will run on the three
enable shoppers to travel to weekends before Christmas, as
well as Monday-WednesdayMartina Milburn, Chief Executive Heywood or Bury town centres
22nd, 23rd and 24th December.of the Prince's Trust, talks to with a scheduled journey time
An adult return costs £3 and aPete Waterman as Colin Walton of just 13 minutes. The
child return (aged five to 15) ischecks the time. Christmas shuttles will be
served by one of the East £2. Children aged under five
Lancashire Railway’s heritage travel for free.
Attracting young people into the industry is in everyone’s interests and Nottingham Trent University introduced them to the world of IT and
Bombardier Transportation has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to Catalis finished off the programme with some trackside training. At
achieve just that. the end of the course, the young trainees receive a certificate of
Says Colin Walton, Chairman and Chief Country Representative, achievement.
Bombardier, UK, ‘We take our social responsibility very seriously and we Colin Walton said, ‘This is probably the first time these young people
like the ideas of the Prince’s Trust - driving through change for young peo- have received any sort of qualification.’ Pete Waterman, fresh from
ple. We considered how we could best get the railway into the frame and hosting the RailStaff Awards, introduced Warren Christian, a young
came up with the idea of running a pilot scheme which became Get Into man who had been through a similar programme in the construction
Railways.’ industry and who said it has changed his life.
The Prince's Trust helps unemployed young people get into work. ‘Get Into Railways’ provides young people with training and expe-
Colin Walton was speaking at the London Transport Museum at the rience to help them get a job in the transport sector. The Prince of
public launch of ‘Get Into Railways.' Wales’s charity has helped more than 575,000 young people since
This summer the pilot project saw ten young people, unemployed 1976 and supports 100 more each working day.
for over six months, taken on a six-week training course. They spent It works with disadvantaged young people, giving them practical
time with Signal House Group, a metal fabricator and supplier to and financial support and developing key workplace skills. More than
Network Rail, to learn about manufacturing. East Midlands Trains three out four young people the Trust helped last year moved into
then gave the trainees work in their catering operation. work, education or training.
The eight apprentices with Paul Copeland, Managing Director
of Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering’s
Rail Division.
Birse Rail
plays youth card
ate the knowledge acquired. Birse Rail recently launched a started with an induction week str
Says Birse Rail’s managingrecruitment programme at Birse Rail’s head office in
director, Chris Montgomery, ‘Byaimed at attracting more Birmingham prior to taking up Eightsome
recruiting and training a num-young people onto the railway. their first placements at the
The programme has been a College of West Anglia in ber of apprentices each year,
huge success attracting over Norfolk. Following the success- Birse Rail is safeguarding its reel for Dublin
200 applications. Eight top per- ful completion of this initial future by ensuring it has the
forming candidates have been training course they will go on necessary resources to meet
offered a place on the Birse Rail to work at a variety of sites the demands of the rail indus- Dublin’s light rail system, lowing substantial invest- being manufactured. LUAS
apprenticeship programme. throughout the UK. try. Over the next three years LUAS, is to acquire another ment in the industry by the will have 66 forty-metre trams
This includes on-the-job train- The work will be varied, inter- the apprentices will learn a eight Citadis trams, made by pro-rail Irish government. by early 2010.
ing, as well as the opportunity esting and challenging, and great deal, both at college and Alstom in La Rochelle, France. Alstom has already supplied Alstom also maintains the
to gain a recognised qualifica- will give them plenty of oppor- on the job, ensuring they go on The order is worth over 21 40 trams for the Red and trams and the network infras-
tion in civil engineering. tunity to put into practice the to enjoy a successful career in million euros. Demand for rail Green lines of the network tructure. Luas is Gaelic for
The eight apprentices have skills learnt and to demon- rail engineering with Birse Rail.’ capacity is powering up fol- and another 18 are currently speed.
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