New apprentices to start at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe site

The new apprentices will attend Middlesbrough College Credit: PA

Hitachi Rail is set to take on new apprentices at its manufacturing site in Newton Aycliffe.

Train building apprentices and graduates will start next week as part of a national training programme which will double their trainees nationally.

Newton Aycliffe will employ four apprentices and two graduates every year to work on train manufacturing projects following the success of the current scheme at the site which include technical and manufacturing apprentices. 100 will be working for the company nationwide.

The new apprentices will attend Middlesbrough College as they start to study for their Level 3 in a Mechanical or Electrical BTEC qualification.

Hitachi has recently invested over £250million in building a new network of depots as part of delivering the Government’s Intercity Express Programme. Apprentices will learn how to inspect and ready trains for passenger service using the latest industry technology. The level 3 apprenticeships will last up to three years.

A new intake of 10 graduates will also join Hitachi Rail’s trainee programme. Graduate engineers will rotate around sites in the UK, including Newton Aycliffe. They will work with colleagues in Japan on train designs as well as bringing engineering expertise to depots.

“Our new trainees will have the exciting opportunity to build pioneering trains as part of a successful team. All new starters at Newton Aycliffe will be embedded into our culture of excellence; ensuring passengers receive the very highest quality of train. “The apprentices we took on last year are busy building trains which will run the length and breadth of the country. These young people are dedicated and passionate about their work, and watching their career progression has been very satisfying. We now look forward to our new trainees following in their footsteps”

Ross Nagle, Chief Operating Officer for manufacturing at Hitachi Rail