UK’s first Community Rail apprentice wanted in south Wales

, August 7th, 2017

Arriva Trains Wales are looking to recruit a keen and passionate person to strengthen links between the railway and local communities.

Having already developed strong links to communities across Wales, Arriva Trains Wales are hoping to build on this while investing in the future of a new apprentice.

The role is currently open to applicants and will be based on an 18-month development programme.

“We’re very excited to be recruiting the UK’s first Community Rail apprentice,” said HR Director Gareth Thomas.

“Our stations and services play a vital part in the lives of communities up and down Wales, connecting people and places, so we know the importance of the role we play.

“We already work closely with many local community groups but this will be a fantastic opportunity to train a keen person in building on those relationships and forging new ones.”

The successful candidate will split their time between Cardiff and Pontypridd. Key community activities Arriva have developed include its station adoption scheme, school visits, the Confident Travel programme and allowing Guide Dogs and their trainers to travel for free around Cardiff whilst they are training.

Since developing its successful apprenticeship scheme in 2013, Arriva Trains Wales has taken on 26 people across Wales, the majority of whom have secured permanent positions with the company or are still completing their training.

These have been in fields ranging from engineering and train planning to customer relations and ICT. This will be the first Community Rail apprentice position in the UK.

For more details and to apply, visit: www.comeaboard.co.uk