On Track to Train

‘On Track to Train’ is our employment project specifically tailored to young people who belong to underrepresented groups in rail.

This includes young women, those with special and additional needs and disabilities and those from BAME communities.

These holistic and comprehensive experiences provide opportunities for in-depth learning and dialogue across a wide range of roles in rail and community rail. This gives the young people an opportunity to experience, explore and question different aspects of rail and community rail.

The sessions are concluded with a presentation by the participants outlining their learning and next steps, and their own recommendations to the project partners for adaptations within rail to encourage diversity.

This is delivered in partnership with;
– The Mid-Cheshire CRP
– Women in Community Rail
– Merseyrail
– Merseytravel
– Northern
– Virgin
– TransPennine Express
– Network Rail

‘On Track to Train’ features several intensive days of learning experiences across rail and community rail, using a series of tailored booklets with our project partners, and a certificate which serves not only as a marker of achievement, but entitles the recipient to a guided discussion around apprenticeships and employment with our outstanding industry partners.

Our pilot week recieved excellent feedback, with 100% outstanding ratings from teaching staff, commenting, “Nothing to improve. Was well-planned, informative and exciting! A brilliant, engaging time that gave our students some great opportunities!” The student participants gave the programme 9.75/10 in total, and we are sure we will see many of them in rail roles in the future!

The project has also had some interesting links, including one participant who produced a fantastic photography project as part of his experience, which can be downloaded here; On Track to Train (Matthew)

This project is funded by Community Rail Lancashire and the Mid-Cheshire CRP.