Sunday, July 14, 2024

Rail industry companies collaborate on graduate exchange scheme

Siemens Mobility, which makes trains at Goole, and rolling stock company Angel Trains have joined forces to launch a graduate exchange programme aimed at enhancing collaboration and innovation in the industry.

The programme consisted of a six-week exchange between three Engineering graduates; two from Angel Trains and one from Siemens Mobility. The graduates rotated across different teams to expand their expertise and marked the end of their programme with a final presentation to key stakeholders from both organisations.

Syeda Ghufran, Director for Asset Management and Assurance for Siemens Mobility said: “At Siemens Mobility, we’ve seen that early career exchange programmes not only benefits the participants but also our organisation, as we work towards transforming the everyday journeys for people across Britain.  Having completed an exchange programme as part of my own early career development, I have seen first hand the benefits of collaborating with customers and partners to share skills and best practice.”

Barry Fox, Product Manager at Angel Trains said: “Angel Trains is proud to have collaborated with Siemens Mobility through the graduate exchange programme, as we continue our commitment to the development of young engineers. The programme offers a unique opportunity for graduates to gain valuable industry insights, and most importantly, helps them develop and grow as rail professionals and individuals.”

Victoria Wright, Graduate Engineer at Siemens Mobility said: “This placement boosted my confidence, personal development, and understanding of the rail industry. During my placement at Angel Trains, I gained a comprehensive understanding of the business, working with both the fleet and product teams. I focused on energy-saving initiatives, remote monitoring, competitor analysis, and engineering change approvals.  I hope to see the continued expansion of these programmes throughout the industry, as they enable young people such as myself to reach their full potential.”

Designed to empower entry-level talent, the programme aims to provide professional development opportunities for young people starting out on their career in the rail industry. With skills shortages and an ageing workforce threating the future of the rail industry, the programme is dedicated to preserving knowledge across the sector, ensuring a sustainable future for the industry as a whole. The Siemens Mobility early careers intake currently consists of 113 graduate trainees, 130 apprentices and 72 degree apprentices.

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