An organisation that works to provide skilled workers for the railway industry is going from strength to strength and has opened three new offices to cope with demand.
ARC Academy UK is a railway training company which offers a comprehensive portfolio of training programmes primarily to the rail industry, including Permanent Way, Track Safety, Small Plant, Competence Management, Apprenticeships, Medical and drug and alcohol screenings and Health Safety training.
The company, which is based in Trefforest near Cardiff, employs 46 people at twelve offices, including the three latest in York, Watford and Plymouth, and one of its key services is recruiting and training the skilled apprentices that the industry needs.
Sales Director Antony Richardson said: “The business is growing and we opened the new offices to meet the demand for our services.
“We are fulfilling a crucial role for the rail industry because we are helping to fill the skills gap that presents many challenges.
“There are plans to invest £25 billion to fund more than 200 projects in the rail industry up until 2019, which is great news but it also poses a challenge regarding who is going to carry out the work.
“A Report by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering found that there is a great need to replace a number of higher level qualified and experienced people who are expected to retire over the coming years.
“Essentially, the industry is losing a lot of skilled staff, especially track workers. Between 1,600 and 2,000 new people are required for signalling and telecommunications alone, which is why our work is so important in plugging the skills gap.”
The company’s trainers, assessors and management team have been carefully selected and all have extensive experience within the rail industry.
They are a fully accredited NSARE, City Guilds, Edexcel and EAL centre along with ISO9001 and Matrix certification.
ARC Academy UK works closely with many companies to develop apprenticeship programmes and Antony said: “Companies need to focus on creating careers rather than simply providing jobs, and apprenticeship schemes are one way of achieving this. Although they are commonly associated with getting young people into a profession, they can also help people who have already worked in the industry for some years.
“Not only do companies in the rail industry have a responsibility to help develop the skills, knowledge and experience of their workforce, they also have a responsibility to ensure that the workforce is able to meet the demands of the industry. We can help them achieve that.”
More information about the company can be found at its new website http://www.arcacademyuk.com/