Apprentices Josh Marc and Oliver with Justin Page and Dave Storey.
Three City of Bristol College apprentices are the first to complete ‘On Track Machine’ (OTM) training for Amey, where they are stationed. Josh Morley, Marc Hamilton and Oliver Burt who work on GWEP in Swindon are leading the way for young people in the rail industry.
When Josh, Marc and Oliver joined Amey they didn’t have any previous railway or maintenance experience but enrolled at the City of Bristol Advanced Engineering Centre to undertake their training. Amey worked with the College to find a course that suited the business needs and was fit for purpose as at that time there was no specific rail plant maintenance courses available. The Centre then provided a training course that combined academic study with hands on experience to give the apprentices the skills the industry so desperately needs.
Whilst completing their apprenticeship Marc and Josh also successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award undertaking various activities including volunteering, physical challenges, business skills and expeditions.
Great Western Electrification Project Director, Justin Page, provided valuable support by hosting regular meetings and review sessions; this gave the apprentices the opportunity to deliver personal presentations - detailing newly acquired skills and experiences.
Justin said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have seen Josh, Marc and Oliver successfully complete their apprenticeship. Their academic performance has been exemplary and they have all shown huge commitment and determination in all aspects of the apprenticeship scheme, including their Duke of Edinburgh awards. I’ve no doubt they will all go on to have successful careers, building on the firm foundations of the apprenticeship scheme. I would like to express my thanks to Andy Morley, Competency Manager for his relentless pursuit of excellence across all of the apprentices that he is responsible for, his efforts have made a huge difference. Well done to all.”
The feedback Amey and the College received from the apprentices was very positive, Josh, Marc and Oliver are now working full time on the GWEP project as skilled technicians due to the partnership between the College, Amey and Network Rail.