Train operator Northern seeks new talent


TRAIN operator Northern is seeking more talented people to join its 7,000 strong workforce and gain skills for life through its highly popular apprenticeship scheme.

It is currently National Apprenticeship Week and Northern is one of the largest providers of apprenticeship opportunities in the north of England.
Northern has a range of opportunities across its business including in engineering, customer service and back-office support and every new driver and conductor recruit will be supported through an apprenticeship qualification.
Northern currently has more than 660 colleagues on apprenticeship programmes across its driving, conducting, engineering and business support operations and this year is planning on enrolling a further 467 onto an apprentice qualification.
Apprenticeships are a great way for either a young person to start their career at Northern or for a more experienced candidate to change direction and embrace a new opportunity and gain the equivalent of a university qualification.
Northern’s engineering apprenticeship scheme is always oversubscribed, and more and more roles are offered every year.

Those who are successful in their application will embark on an exciting programme that is a mixture of onsite learning in partnership with Myerscough College, near Preston and on the job training in maintenance depots, offices, control centres, at stations and on-board trains. Apprenticeship roles are available across the whole of the north. .
Lisa Leighton, Northern’s people director said: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for people who want to fast-track their careers.
“We are looking for talented and passionate candidates from all types of backgrounds to join our team. We will introduce apprentices to our amazing business and the way we work, while helping them to build their knowledge around specific roles and the rail industry itself.
“Our apprentices are offered the full support of our dedicated team of Operational Trainers, Apprentice Coaches and Quality Assurance specialists – who are all committed to helping candidates earn while they learn in roles which will lead to recognised qualifications. We are offering real skills for life.”
Northern’s engineering apprenticeships are open to anyone who is aged 16 by September 1 this year. They must be aged 15 to apply. Northern is aiming to recruit apprenticeships on a 50/50 gender split.
Applications are open until February 18. and more information is available at
For more information about Northern’s apprenticeship schemes please visit Apprenticeships | Early Careers | Northern (


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