New work experience project

22nd July 2015

Meet Milly and Mitchell, two fantastic young people who will be joining East Midlands Trains in September to pilot a new community rail line work experience project developed by North Staffordshire CRP.

Called Train Into Work, the project aims to aid local regeneration on the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby) by providing long-term unemployed and young people with 20 days work experience in customer service with East Midlands Trains at Derby station and on the route. If the pilot proves successful, the placements will be drawn by the CRP from job clubs and local colleges along the route.

Milly (24) has been out of work for 12 months. She’s looking forward to working at Derby station, mentored by EMT staff to give her experience in customer-facing roles, including ticket office, gateline, platform and on train. Mitchell (19) is a volunteer at Kidsgrove station and his ambition is to work for rail. He will be joining the Station Service Team for the route to work alongside EMT staff and volunteers at other stations to keep stations in top condition.

The project has been endorsed by the Institute of Railway Operators, which has developed a learning workbook for the placements to work through during their placement.

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