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IMechE invests in rail training company

16 November 2015

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has acquired training company Amber Train, in a move to help tackle the engineering skills shortage.

Courtesy of Amber Train

Amber Train provides traineeships and apprenticeships to those just out of education or towards the end of prison sentences. Trainees are equipped to work on the tracks for Network Rail’s sub-contractors and are trained to achieve City and Guilds qualifications.

“This is good news for apprenticeships and is positive action to improve the number of people entering engineering," says Stephen Tetlow MBE, chief executive of the Institution. "It’s also an exciting move for the Institution. It will allow us to build on the company’s hugely impressive work, potentially expanding training opportunities for both young and older people into other industries. This is the Institution taking action to help plug the UK engineering skills shortage and provide more opportunities for those aspiring to become professional technicians and engineers.”

Once Amber Train trainees have completed an initial training programme, they are placed with an employer and supported until completion of an NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship. 

Amber Train’s headquarters are in Retford, Nottinghamshire, however, the company has activities around England at a combination of training centres on heritage railway sites, which provide the practical training environment, and prison education units, which include training centres and railway structures.

Amber Train will be the most recent acquisition by the Institution, which has been rapidly expanding its training and learning development support activities.

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