Skills training boost for tram recruitment

West Midlands Metro has joined forces with two local colleges to drive an initiative to equip people with the skills needed to apply for jobs created by the future expansion of the tramway.

Aimed at the long-term unemployed, the Sector Based Work Academy also has the backing of local job centres, and the first cohort of students from Dudley College recently paid a visit to the tram depot in Wednesbury. During the tour they were given a taste of what it’s like to work in the light rail sector and an insight into the day-to-day operations of a busy tram network. Carl Williams, Director of Operations at West Midlands Metro, explained:

“Our plans for future growth are already creating a number of career opportunities across the business.

“The programme has been developed alongside our ongoing recruitment of Driver Customer Services Representatives and we’re looking for a number of specific skills.”

Working closely with the tram, Dudley College and City of Wolverhampton College have developed the four-week academy programme that includes IT training, help with literacy and numeracy, customer service, various aspects of health and safety, including road safety and developing important employability skills such as producing a CV and interview performance. Neil Thomas, Principal of Dudley College added:

“We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Metro to provide the trained work force they need to be able to deliver the new tramway.

"The investment in transport infrastructure is a vital part of driving economic growth and boosting job opportunities across the region, something we are pleased to be playing a part in.”

Shortly after the visit, number of students from City of Wolverhampton College also toured the depot to try their hand on the simulator during a day of work-related activities.


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