North East Rail Students to Benefit from New Partnership
An innovative partnership has been launched in the North East to coincide with the start of ‘Rail Week’, where the rail industry and educational establishments come together to promote careers in the rail sector. Embracing the regions proud legacy of rail engineering and operational history, Britain’s largest train operator, CrossCountry, and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) have formed a unique partnership with Newcastle College’s Rail Academy. Working together, the three partners will ensure the Academy’s students benefit through the expansion of classroom studies to practical experience in a rail environment, and access to railway people to hear how a railway career benefits both passengers and the wider industry. Students have already begin to benefit from the partnership through the donation by CrossCountry of an array of computer equipment and by decorating the walls of the training rooms and other parts of the Academy with rail images to make a modern, bright environment. CrossCountry have also committed to provide people from management and front-line roles to deliver presentations on how the skills the student will learning keep Britain’s railways running. Alongside the classroom-based work, TVCRP will be providing students an opportunity to work with them on a number of community projects to improve facilities and increase awareness of the regions smaller stations. The first of these is the old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle station that has recently been refurbished. Using funding provided through CrossCountry, TVCRP will be offering students the opportunity to help them develop the rooms even further by restoring the facilities to develop an educational resource for local schools. The Rail Partnership will also encourage the students to become involved at other stations, looking for more projects to enhance peoples’ appreciation of the railway. Speaking at the partnership launch, CrossCountry’s Managing Director, Andy Cooper, said: “This partnership is a great opportunity for us all to work together to help the Academy’s students gain some real-life railway experience, which will add true value to their knowledge of the rail sector. The North East was the birthplace of the passenger railway, so it is fitting that we help the region’s students as they pursue an exciting career in helping build the railway of the future.” Head of the Newcastle Rail Academy, Scott Johnson, said: “Our partners will bring enormous benefits to the employability of our students. The rail industry is a complex sector. Working with external partners provides our students with ways to better understand and experience the world beyond the classroom.” Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership Officer, Fiona Forsythe, added: “We are delighted to be a partner in this venture and already have many projects lined up for everyone to get involved in. Helping the students experience how a railway works beyond the classroom can only build their experience and chances of a career in the industry, and it is a joint relationship as they will have a chance to benefit the region and its rail users”.
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North East Rail Students to Benefit from New Partnership
An innovative partnership has been launched in the North East to coincide with the start of ‘Rail Week’, where the rail industry and educational establishments come together to promote careers in the rail sector. Embracing the regions proud legacy of rail engineering and operational history, Britain’s largest train operator, CrossCountry, and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) have formed a unique partnership with Newcastle College’s Rail Academy. Working together, the three partners will ensure the Academy’s students benefit through the expansion of classroom studies to practical experience in a rail environment, and access to railway people to hear how a railway career benefits both passengers and the wider industry. Students have already begin to benefit from the partnership through the donation by CrossCountry of an array of computer equipment and by decorating the walls of the training rooms and other parts of the Academy with rail images to make a modern, bright environment. CrossCountry have also committed to provide people from management and front-line roles to deliver presentations on how the skills the student will learning keep Britain’s railways running. Alongside the classroom-based work, TVCRP will be providing students an opportunity to work with them on a number of community projects to improve facilities and increase awareness of the regions smaller stations. The first of these is the old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle station that has recently been refurbished. Using funding provided through CrossCountry, TVCRP will be offering students the opportunity to help them develop the rooms even further by restoring the facilities to develop an educational resource for local schools. The Rail Partnership will also encourage the students to become involved at other stations, looking for more projects to enhance peoples’ appreciation of the railway. Speaking at the partnership launch, CrossCountry’s Managing Director, Andy Cooper, said: “This partnership is a great opportunity for us all to work together to help the Academy’s students gain some real-life railway experience, which will add true value to their knowledge of the rail sector. The North East was the birthplace of the passenger railway, so it is fitting that we help the region’s students as they pursue an exciting career in helping build the railway of the future.” Head of the Newcastle Rail Academy, Scott Johnson, said: “Our partners will bring enormous benefits to the employability of our students. The rail industry is a complex sector. Working with external partners provides our students with ways to better understand and experience the world beyond the classroom.” Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership Officer, Fiona Forsythe, added: “We are delighted to be a partner in this venture and already have many projects lined up for everyone to get involved in. Helping the students experience how a railway works beyond the classroom can only build their experience and chances of a career in the industry, and it is a joint relationship as they will have a chance to benefit the region and its rail users”.
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