EMR recruiting ‘Engineers of the Future’

EMR Apprentice Eleanor Nugent
EMR Apprentice Eleanor Nugent

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is searching for the engineers of the future in its latest recruitment drive which will see it offer opportunities for people from across the East Midlands.

The rail operator is seeking apprentices to join its Fleet Engineering team at Nottingham and Derby and the schemes will help candidates to learn on the job and expand the rail industry’s skill base.

The apprentices will learn new skills whilst keeping EMR’s fleet of 100 trains operating safely and reliably.

At the end of the apprenticeship the candidates will gain an industry recognised qualification and have the experience to continue a long career in the rail industry.

Current EMR apprentice Mason Johnson, who is three years into his course, said: “You gain a good understanding and versatility within an engineering environment by conducting tasks which test your mechanical and electrical abilities.

“Not one day is the same within our depots, we come across planned maintenance, repair work, test runs and preparation of our 15x units prior to them going out into service.

“You will get to know the different shift teams you work with and become close to them along the way. “Overall being an apprentice at EMR has been a great experience for me and taught me lots about engineering both electrically and mechanically.”

Three year apprentice Mason Johnson
Three year apprentice Mason Johnson

Two-year EMR Fleet Engineer Apprentice Ellie Nugent, added: “A typical day starts at either 05:00 or 06:00 depending on the shift time. I get to work, and I will do any jobs that have been allocated for that day. After work, I shower and head home for about 16:00. I then start doing my college work and revising for any assignments we have.  I do this on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well.

“On Tuesdays, we have online lessons that start at 08:45 and finish at 12:30. I will then start any assignments that are set, as we usually have one from each of the three lessons.

“On Fridays, I aim to finish the assignments that were set for the week.”

You can find out more about the role and apply here https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/help-manage/about-us/job-vacancies/apprenticeships-info-for-apprentices