On track for a future with Network Rail

On track for a future with Network Rail

Engineering students have been testing out careers on the railways thanks to work experience opportunities with Network Rail.

The railway giant visited Trafford College at the start of the academic year to introduce the work placements and conduct interviews.

Luke Tudor, in the first year of a Level 3 Engineering Course, was among the students who successfully scored the opportunity to spend a week travelling key locations for Network Rail across the North West, and learn about signalling, tracks and rail stations.

The 20-year-old from Urmston, said: “It was a fantastic experience. It has given me an insight into the rail industry and I’ve gained knowledge about the work that can be done for Network Rail. It has helped me make a decision about which area I want to go into, which is an off-track or track apprenticeship.

Luke took part in timed team exercises, which involved building a platform out of model bricks, and presented the findings of his week to an invited audience.

The former Wellacre pupil added: “It was a really good opportunity to build on the skills that I’ve been developing in the first year of my Engineering Course at Trafford College. The rail industry is one that is going to keep growing. It is constantly evolving and I am ahead of the competition because I’ve been able to have been part of that.”

Luke hopes the relationships he developed during his week’s experience will support his application for Network Rail apprentice.

Engineering tutor Joe McMahon said: "The work experience with Network Rail allows students to show off their skills and prepare how best to apply if they want to work for the company in future."