Siemens are showcasing the SeeWomen education project to challenge gender stereotypes. The SeeWomen (Girls in STEM) project aims to inspire and motivate young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The project, delivered in association with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) will take place at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and will involve girls from nearby schools.
The benefits of hiring apprentices are well publicised. In a recent poll, 50% of employers found that apprentices stay in their business longer than any other recruits, and 75% say they actively promote their apprenticeship credentials when pitching for new business.
Nationally, the government is still looking to have 3 million new apprentices by the end of its parliament, and in our industry, initiatives like the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan and the Transport and Infrastructure Skills Strategy are creating an environment where high quality rail apprenticeship programmes are both attractive and vital. And of course, in many cases, with the Apprenticeship Levy on the horizon, it might actually be of detriment to NOT hire an apprentice.
What a great time to invest in learning technology. It’s a good sound-bite that an iPhone 6 has 120 million times the computing power of the Apollo missions. Proof, if required, that high quality hardware and software has become consumerised, miniaturised and cheap. Equally, the last year has seen multiple virtual reality and hand tracking devices hit the market – priced within reach of domestic consumers.
Today, 20th October 2015, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) was officially opened by Transport Minister Claire Perry. The state-of-the-art training facility is now ready for the first intake of students.
The academy was established in response to a forecast skills shortage of around 8,000 people over the next ten years, caused by factors such as the technological advancement of rolling stock, an ageing workforce, and significant investment and growth in the industry.