Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sheffield graduate named as rail industry’s Young Professional of the Year

Sheffield Hallam University degree apprentice Fran Coult has been awarded Young Professional of the Year at the Rail Business Awards 2024.

Now working as a Supply Chain Apprentice at Alstom, Fran, pictured above, won the award which recognises the most outstanding employee under 35 within the UK rail industry.

Despite being the youngest entrant in the category, the judges commented on both the breadth and depth of Fran’s work, along with her willingness to adapt, learn and inspire.  Fran works across multiple facets of the rail company’s supply chain including logistics, customer service, improving working practices, and driving efficiencies.   During her time at Alstom, she has developed a new operational strategy that led to the company investing £3 million to improve delivery performance.

Fran said: “I am honoured, and it is a fantastic recognition of the achievements I have made since I joined this amazing industry. Dealing with different challenges and stakeholders, my personal and professional development with Alstom throughout my apprenticeship has been vast. I look forward to continuing to shape my career in rail and push for further positive changes across equality, diversity and inclusion within the industry.”

Alison Knight, Head of Talent at Alstom, said: “Fran’s thirst for knowledge, passion for rail, ability to troubleshoot and resolve complex challenges, and dedication to creating positive change is truly inspiring. She has already achieved much more than is expected from an apprentice and is a great role model to those around her and to future cohorts of trainees.”

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