Written by FEjobs
Monday 30th July 2018
Skills and apprenticeships minister
Nusrat Ghani said last week that the UK’s transport sector is leading the way
in creating excellent careers and responding to the need for the engineers of
And it’s really no surprise – with ongoing pressure
to dramatically reduce environmental impact, whilst inventing solutions to the
pressure of the growing population on our infrastructure, plus diligently
solving the fuel needs for the next century, the transport sector is fast becoming
the aspirational career choice for the thought-leading bright sparks of the
Nusrat Ghani was speaking in response to the recent
‘Transport infrastructure skills strategy: two years on’ report, which revealed
that over 5,000 apprentices have started training in road and rail industries
alone since 2016.
As the Gov.uk website reports, nearly 2,800 roads
and rail apprenticeships began in 2017 to 2018 alone, a 22% increase on 2016 to
2017. These figures are testament to how government and private investment is
helping unlock new roles, upskill the workforce and support social mobility.
The report also unveiled that:
1. An extra 8,000 opportunities will be created
each year in the express delivery market
2. Training places for maritime cadets will grow to
1,200 over the next 7 years
3. 10,000 apprentices will be needed by the
Heathrow expansion before 2030
Nusrat Ghani explained how government investment in
transport is playing a pivotal part in creating “life-changing opportunities”
through its apprenticeships. The programmes are helping to ensure the UK has
the skilled workforce it will need in the future.
Yet, the minister also stressed the government’s
commitment to increasing diversity, in particular inspiring more women and
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people to consider jobs in the sector.
“Although we are seeing evidence of better BAME
representation in the sector, our ambitions are clear. From road to rail,
maritime to aviation, we must all redouble our efforts to bring more women into
technical and engineering roles, remove barriers, ensuring we bring talented
people from all backgrounds together to tackle the skills gap.
“We are committed to strengthening links between
employers in our sector and young people, particularly in the creative,
innovative world of engineering through our Year of Engineering campaign. I
look forward to even more apprentices starting brilliant careers in years to
Mike Brown MVO, commissioner of Transport for
London, added: “The power of collaboration on skills from transport employers
who are committed to creating more high-quality skills and training
opportunities for people of all ages has already provided great results across
“The increase in transport apprenticeships is
vital to addressing current skills shortages, helping to fill gaps in future
skills, improving productivity and driving growth in Britain for the future.”
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