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Siemens launch recruitment drive for Goole train factory
Siemens Mobility has started recruiting apprentices for its new world-class rail manufacturing facility in Goole, East Yorkshire.
The 12 apprenticeships will be among the first of up to 700 jobs to be created by the development, along with a further 250 during the construction period and an additional 1,700 UK supply chain roles.
A new generation of Tube trains for the London Underground will be built at the East Yorkshire facility and the apprenticeships announcement was made as Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner, visited the Goole site.
Candidates can now apply for the three-year Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship positions, which will see the new recruits start this September and spend their first year at college, developing core engineering knowledge and competencies.
In their second year, they will spend one day a week at college and four days a week on placement at Siemens Mobility traincare facilities, building up their practical skills and experience.
Their third year will be split between working full-time at Siemens Mobility’s new Goole facility for six months, followed by a six-month placement at the company’s train factory in Vienna, Austria, where they will learn from colleagues in a well-established rail manufacturing operation.
The launch of the apprenticeships is part of Siemens Mobility’s strategy to develop a pipeline of future talent for the new Goole facility. It also illustrates Siemens Mobility’s commitment to apprenticeships, with around 150 people in such roles in the UK and a further 400 in other Siemens operations across the country.
William Wilson, chief executive of Siemens Mobility, said: “We are delighted to announce we will be taking on our first apprentices for the pioneering Goole rail manufacturing development in September and that applications are now open.
“This will provide a fantastic opportunity for 12 aspiring engineers to launch their careers with us and become among the first members of the team at Goole when the facility becomes operational. Building on our extensive existing skills base, we are committed, as part of our investment in Goole, to creating a lasting legacy of rail-related skills for the local economy and the UK rail industry.”
Siemens Mobility is investing up to £200m in the new Goole facility, where new state-of-the-art Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly line will be built under a £1.5bn contract, replacing the existing 1970s fleet.
London’s transport commissioner, Mike Brown, said: “It is fantastic to see the plans for the new Goole factory where our next generation of Piccadilly line trains will be built and to know that thousands of jobs are being created as a result. Steady and sustained investment in transport means more jobs and meeting local students who could well become the next generation of train engineers brings to life how investment delivers skills and employment all over the country.”