Engineering apprenticeships are playing a key role in helping to close the talent gap for skilled engineers, particularly in the rail industry, it has been revealed.
With an estimated shortfall of around 69,000 skilled engineers each year, more and more companies are looking to Apprentices to address future skills shortages in their company.
Earlier this year, a survey by credit comparison site TotallyMoney, revealed that Rail Engineer was one of the top 30 jobs to have with a vocational qualification, rather than a degree. As well as attracting an average annual salary of more than £30,000, it is estimated that there are currently more than 3,000 rail engineer jobs available within the sector. And with major projects such as HS2 and Cross Rail, happening in the UK, job vacancies are set to increase further.
Sarah Temperton, CEO of NLT Training Services said: “With all of the upcoming engineering projects, like HS2, which are forecast to happen over the next 15 years, there has never been a better time for young people to get into the industry, particularly the rail sector.
“HS2 is right on Chesterfield’s doorstep and we will have the depot just up the road in Staveley. Across the UK and worldwide there are a number of exciting rail projects happening also. Now is the time to start your Apprenticeship in engineering as it could open fantastic career opportunities within the rail industry over the next few years.”
If you’re ready for an Apprenticeship or don’t yet have an employer, NLT’s expert team in Chesterfield and Scunthorpe can help get your career in engineering started now.
If you want to learn more about how you can start your career in engineering, give your local NLT Apprentice team a call on 01246 206 520.