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26 Nov 2020

Southeastern Recognised In The Top 100 Apprentice Employers In England

Southeastern Recognised In The Top 100 Apprentice Employers In England: Simrat Talwar

Southeastern ranked 66 out of 100, recognised for its overall commitment to employing apprentices

Southeastern, the train company which runs services into London and the South East, has been recognised in the National Apprenticeship Service’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020.

Southeastern, which was ranked 66 out of 100, was recognised for its overall commitment to employing apprentices, including the creation of 10 new apprenticeships in 2020 spanning data, management and finance, as well as the progression of their apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment. 

The business, which employs 4,000 people in the South East, has supported 449 young people through its apprenticeship schemes since 2018.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers is a new national league table in partnership with High Fliers Research, showcasing the employers that have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships over the previous 12 months.

Scott Maynard, HR Director at Southeastern, said:

The successful running of our railway relies on recruiting talented individuals, and nurturing that talent through training and development. Our apprenticeship schemes are instrumental to this, and over the last 12 months we have diversified our offering to include Finance, Data Analyst, Team Leader and Management apprenticeships, ensuring that we offer truly inclusive and varied opportunities to young people.

“We’re proud to be recognised for the work we have been doing to support those beginning their careers in rail, support that is critical for personal development and the future of the rail industry, particularly during hard times such as these.”

This year Southeastern was also highly commended for being a great place to work in the 2020 National Rail Awards, showing that not only is it a great place to work for apprentices, but that it has an excellent workplace culture for all members of the team.

The Top 100 includes apprenticeship employers from many different industries including the public sector, the third sector, hospitality, telecommunications and accountancy. The rankings were independently assessed and compiled by High Fliers Research.

Peter Mucklow, Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency added:

During such a difficult year it is encouraging to see that apprenticeships continue to be critical to business performance and success.

Today’s announcement shows that there are outstanding employers delivering apprenticeships across all sectors, and the Top 100 apprenticeship employer rankings rightly give recognition and thanks to those who have shown, and continue to show, huge commitment to apprenticeships.

I look forward to seeing how these 100 employers use their status to showcase the many benefits of apprenticeships, whilst encouraging other employers to consider recruiting an apprentice.

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Notes to editors

Case study

Simrat Talwar, Rolling Stock Technician Apprenticeship, Slade Green Depot, Southeastern

Simrat Talwar 19, Gravesend, joined the Engineering Team as a Rolling Stock Technician Apprentice at Southeastern in 2018. 

Despite having no formal background in engineering or the rail industry, Simrat has shown great potential and is fast becoming a first-class technician. 

This is particularly significant because in her first few days of the apprenticeship, Simrat experienced a close family bereavement. It is testament to Simrat’s character that she continued with her studies and subsequently achieved fantastic results during her training assessments.

The role of a Rolling Stock Technician is still very male-dominated. However, Simrat is proving that gender is not a barrier to successfully working in the role.

She is now enrolled onto a BTEC Rail Engineering Technician Knowledge qualification with Southeastern’s partner training provider. This is the theory aspect of the programme where she is assessed on modules such as Health and Safety, Communication for Rail Technicians, Engineering Maintenance Procedures and Techniques as well as Electronic and Electrical Principles. 

In her second year of the apprenticeship, Simrat is now based at Ramsgate depot most of the week, helping other engineers with real hands-on jobs. This is what appealed to her most about the role as it has practical applications and is different every day.

Simrat said: “The apprenticeship at Southeastern has allowed me to reach my potential in a career I never thought I’d be suited to.

I don’t think a lot of people know how beneficial an apprenticeship can be in general. It allows you to study and at the same time apply the skills you are learning. I believe that it opens so many doors for a young person and I couldn’t recommend it anymore.

“Growing up, engineering was always a job for men, and it is male dominated, but I hope my experiences can inspire young women to get into this type of career.” 

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Phone: (0) 792 027 8647




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