Siemens Mobility Limited has announced it has chosen Selby College as its training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, which aims to create up to 700 skilled jobs locally, as well as 250 other roles during the construction phase.
As part of this, Selby College will act as a key part of the Level 3 Rail Technician Apprenticeship programme. Apprentices will spend their first year at the College developing core engineering skills, as part of a comprehensive, three-year training programme beginning in September 2020, through to joining the workforce at the Goole factory when it opens in 2023.
Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Siemens Mobility as they deliver one of the most significant developments in this area for decades. Now more than ever, it’s vital that we train local people so they can take up new opportunities and fill roles, which are vital to the UK’s future and to rebuilding the nation’s economy following COVID-19.”
Siemens Mobility has already received 200 applications for the facility’s first 12 apprentice roles, with the majority of applicants from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
The apprentices will be the first of up to 700 employees for the pioneering rail manufacturing facility, which is expected to start later this year, pending detailed planning approval from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The project will be complemented by research and development, digital innovation and supplier facilities, together forming a unique “rail village” at the Goole site.
Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director Rolling Stock and Customer Services, for Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “The appointment of Selby College is another important milestone for our Goole facility and will have a key role to play in helping us create a legacy of highly-skilled engineers.”
He continued: “The number and quality of applications indicates the level of interest in this incredibly exciting project. The demand for these entry-level opportunities bodes well for future recruitment for a wide range of manufacturing, engineering and associated roles as the project continues to move forward.”