Robert Philips, from Birmingham, is the 100th apprentice to be recruited to work on site at Birmingham New Street as an apprentice for Auctus Apprenticeship Training Agency.
The milestone coincides with National Apprenticeship Week which aims to raise awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to those looking to learn skills and a trade.
The 100 Birmingham New Street apprentices have been taken on within two years of the scheme making a pledge to recruit more than 100 apprentices to help deliver the station’s transformation.
Commenting on his apprenticeship, Robert said: “I am proud of what I have accomplished whilst working for Auctus Apprenticeship Training Agency. With the support of the trainers and mentors I have been able to gain the skills and knowledge that will help me in my future career and I look forward to progressing to the next stage of my apprenticeship.”
The redevelopment of the station will not only deliver benefits to millions of passengers every year, it will also make a positive impact on local unemployment in Birmingham while the work takes place and aims to employ 1,000 people.
Dave McDonough, Apprenticeship and Trainee Manager at Auctus Apprenticeship Training Agency, said: “Our apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to start a career in rail. Our focus has always been on creating a apprenticeship that is tailored around the learner allowing them to develop and learn new skills that will help them in their future careers.”
Birmingham City Council has been working with contractors and their supply chain to achieve the project’s goal to leave a legacy of skills, training and education in the community.
Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “We all know that apprenticeships are vital to ensure that we are training our next generation of young people.
This is a fantastic opportunity for some of Birmingham’s unemployed youngsters. To achieve this milestone of 100 apprentices gives a strong message of what can be achieved through leading by example and striving for excellence in skills and employment.”