Of the 100,000 or so people employed in the UK railway engineering industry, the combined need for additional staff and the ageing profile of the existing workforce will hit the 14,500-strong Traction and Rolling Stock sector especially hard.
An additional 4,900 technicians and engineers will be required by 2025 simply to keep pace with today’s need and a further 3,300 will be required as a result of future projects and technology. With around 4,000 more due to retire by 2023, the task is made greater still; especially given that over half the workforce will reach retirement age in the next fifteen years.
Added to this demographic challenge are the demands of major projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and electrification works – but above all, the whole move toward the ‘Digital Railway’; including programmes such as the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and advanced train control systems.
Portfolio of Technical Training units that make up the Level 3 qualification: