All aboard for railway industry training courses

An exciting skills programme for young people to develop practical railway skills is underway in Leeds and has been strongly supported by Cllr Kim Groves, Deputy Executive Member for Inclusive Growth.

Real Skills have a fully working rail site at their learning venue in Holbeck, with courses tailored for the 16-18 and 19-23 age ranges. As well as teaching railway skills the courses also support candidates to develop their Maths, English and employability skills. A recent training event saw a visit from Cllr Groves, local school children, parents and the wider community.

Cllr Kim Groves on site in Holbeck with staff and trainees

Councillor Kim Groves, Deputy Executive Member for Inclusive Growth, Leeds City Council, said:

“It was brilliant to visit Real Skills and to see young people enjoying hands on work and studying with so much support. The facilities and courses run by Real Skills are crucial to bridging the skills gap in the rail industry.

“Carrying out this kind of skills training is vital, not just to the north, but to the whole country. Hopefully this training will lead to employment and a long term career for these young people.”

Dee McDermott, Managing Director of Real Skills Training Ltd, said:

“A great day, with a visit from Councillor Kim Groves, local school children, parents and the Leeds community. Many left with aspirations of having a career in the rail industry and signed up to courses. Special thanks go out to: Swietelsky, SB rail, Harsco Rail, Northern Rail and Network Rail who gave up their time, machinery, trains and tools”

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