More than 1,000 apprenticeships have now been created since the start of the Crossrail programme in 2009.
710 apprenticeships have been created by Crossrail Limited and their contractors during the construction and fit-out of the new stations and tunnels under London, far surpassing the original target of 400 apprenticeships. Apprentices have been trained in a range of professions from civil engineering and business administration to railway systems and mechanical and electrical engineering.
Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation and MTR Crossrail have also created 297 apprenticeships as part of the upgrade of the existing rail network for the Elizabeth line, and the manufacture and operation of the new Class 345 trains.
Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “It’s fantastic news that more than 1,000 apprenticeships have now been created by the Crossrail programme. Apprenticeships are not just a wonderful way to learn new skills and start a new career, they are also vital for the completion of these projects both now and in the future. It shows once again how important new infrastructure projects like the Elizabeth line are to the whole of the UK.”
Katie Kelleher, a lifting technician for Select Plant Hire on the Tideway project, who was first employed as an apprentice on Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road site, said: “I can’t recommend apprenticeships highly enough, it’s the best thing I have ever done and it’s been life changing. I was able to earn whilst I learnt my trade on the incredibly exciting Crossrail project, and I’ve now been able to take the next step in what I hope will be a long and rewarding career.”
Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman, said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Crossrail project and our commitment to creating quality learning and career opportunities for young people has made a huge contribution towards revitalising our infrastructure skills base. Investment in skills and training is essential, not just to the delivery of the Elizabeth line, but also the next generation of projects. I am continually impressed by the drive and commitment of our apprentices and I would like to congratulate each of them on their fantastic achievements.”
Since construction of the new railway began in 2009, Crossrail Limited has sought to attract new talent and open up opportunities to a broader pool of workers, not only to complete this project but to support the pipeline of future infrastructure projects. This has included 20,000 people received training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford.