17 & 18 June 2020
Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire

2019 Apprenticeship Zone

This year's Rail Live featured the brand new Apprenticeship Zone, for those who are currently an apprentice, thining about coming one, or whose organisation offers an apprenticeship scheme to learn more about what a career in the rail sector can offer. 

The Young Rail Professionals promoted the railway industry as a great place to work and to inspire and develop the next generation of railway talent whether it be in engineering, asset management, train operations, maintenance, regulation, marketing, human relations and much more. 

Meanwhile, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) discussed how it is playing a huge part in the delivery of the Rail Sector Deal and how, in order to grow, SMEs need both opportunities and access to skilled people. 

National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR) also supported the Apprenticeship Zone, and were available to discuss how its knowledge and intelligence helps the industry make informed decisions and target investment in resource planning. Its brokerage role enables the industry to increase its competitiveness through matching skills and workforce demand to training and education supply for both up-skilling and apprentices.


Day one was chaired by David Westcough, National Chair of Young Rail Professionals and day two was chaired by Paul Case, Project Management Specialist, CPC Project Services. 

The Rail Forum Midlands (RFM)  ran two sessions: Elaine Clark, CEO of RFM, talked about the Midlands Pilots and how you can become either an SME Apprentice or an organisation that takes on an Apprentice. 

Robert Tiller, Engineering Director at GB Railfreight talked about his career from his early days as an Apprentice through to his current role within the rail industry.

Tanya Dickinson and Josh Dunn from The British Transport Police were there on Day 1 talking about the different roles available and what people can expect from a career with BTP.


There were also a number of stands in this area so our visitors could drop in and see what the rail sector can offer them.