Crossrail is not just about delivering a world-class new railway, it is about leaving a lasting skills legacy for the industry. The apprentices we have working across the project today highlight the rewards of investing in high-quality skills training.
By the end of 2015-16, a total of 573 apprentices had been recruited to help deliver the project, surpassing the original target of 400 apprenticeships over the lifetime of the project. They have been trained in a range of professions from construction to accountancy, quantity surveying to business administration.
This would not be possible without the support and commitment from our apprentices and contractors and their hard work and success is recognised across the industry.
We are determined to give young people a foot up and the opportunity to learn a trade on a unique project. We are passionate about leaving a legacy of a skilled workforce that will support the UK construction and engineering industries for decades to come.
Crossrail continued to build on its work in the area of provision and retention of high quality apprenticeships. Contractors with robust recruitment processes and strong mentoring and support systems at site level were generally found to enjoy the best retention rates for apprentices.
Since the start of the project, Crossrail’s Tier 1 contractors have been required to deliver at least one skills or employment-based outcome for every three million pounds of tendered contract value as part of individual contractual agreements. These include job starts by previously unemployed people, apprenticeships, graduate traineeships and work placements.
Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy
The use of procurement as a means to increase the number of apprenticeships right through the supply chains was one of the principal recommendations in the ‘Transport infrastructure skills strategy’ drawn up by Crossrail Chairman, Sir Terry Morgan.
The Transport infrastructure skills strategy builds upon the work of major projects like Crossrail, which has used responsible contract arrangements to create hundreds of apprenticeships since construction began in 2009.
Apprenticeship opportunities in rail
Both Network Rail and TfL offer apprenticeship schemes, with a wide range of roles and locations available.