In October 2017 CRL began a 12-month programme with Northern apprentices, the aims of the programme are to engage with young people and to introduce them to not only the rail industry but the community rail industry. The programme entails a rigid 12 months of educating young people on how to plan, manage and deliver a project in the community rail world. Brian Haworth and Emily Elliott have been working with 10 of Northern’s apprentices in partnership with other CRP’s such as CRC and LLMCRP to introduce a variety of existing projects to the apprentices that inspire and generate ideas for the apprentices to use in their own projects. Apprentices spent a week’s induction with CRL in October to understand the CR lines, meet other CRPs and begin project planning workshops to present a business case with their ideas.
On a monthly basis the apprentices have been visiting CRL to continue with the development of their project, the apprentices are in two groups one based at Blackburn station and one at Burnley Manchester Road to plan and deliver a project, ideas have involved artwork, sculptures and dementia friendly stations. The projects feed into the students’ academic studies with Blackpool College and cover 20% off the apprenticeship programme being delivered by Northern, this is expected to be completed in November 2018.
For further information please contact Community Rail Lancashire on 01254 386579