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Mayor Philippa Crowder Iain Duncan Smith MP Open New Rail Training Academy
The Specialist Rail Training Academy Has Officially Been Opened By The Rt Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP And Philippa Crowder Mayor Of Havering
On Tuesday 6th December 2016, Havering College and CAT 1 Safety Training Ltd officially launched their Rail Training Academy with the help of Mr Iain Duncan Smith, MP and Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering

The courses, which are based at Havering College’s Quarles Campus, last just 5 weeks and offer a guaranteed job interview for successful learners. They are designed to equip learners with the basic skills needed to gain sustainable employment in the rail sector. To date, the Rail Training Academy has achieved great success with a 97% course completion rate and 84% of participants now in full-time employment within the rail industry. Current student Terrence Martin said “I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.“I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.”

“I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.”

Arthur D. Faulkner, who was unemployed before completing the course and is now in full-time work said

“I look after my two children and found it very difficult to get back into work. I asked to be put on this course and although I found training difficult I am now working on the track. Once they knew I also had a driving licence they gave me a van so I could pick up tools, they were so impressed with my work I am now in charge of stores for my company.”

Rail equipment, donated by Transport for London, has been installed at the college so that students can get practical experience using the specialist equipment used in the rail industry. They have also received support from Network Rail and Rainham based, Plant & Logistics. Mr Iain Duncan Smith, MP said “ This partnership (the Rail Training Academy) is such a fantastic example of all that is good and best in further education colleges and applied

“This partnership (the Rail Training Academy) is such a fantastic example of all that is good and best in further education colleges and applied training. I hope this will be replicated all over the country".

The Rail Training Academy is accepting applications via Jobcentre Plus from anyone interested in a career in rail. There is no upper age limit but applicants must be at least 17 years of age and meet sector medical capability requirements. For more information contact Angelia Spearing or Mark Lynch on 0208 223 1257.

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