Track Record for Joint Learning & Virgin Trains

GMLPF member Joint Learning has an excellent track record of helping businesses to recruit and train apprentices who add real benefit and value to their employers.

Joint Learning Traineeship programme with Virgin trains

One of the trainees, Chris Billows, has been working in a customer service role for Virgin trains. He is a great example of what somebody can achieve through applying themselves to a course of vocational study. Having started as a trainee, Chris has now secured a full time job as an On Board Host. Chris says: ‘I started as a trainee at Manchester Piccadilly in the summer and just four months later have moved into a full time job as an On Board Host. I love the job and get great satisfaction from it. I have already gained certificates in first aid and fire marshalling. Signing up with Joint Learning really was the best thing I could have done.’

As Chris’s traineeship worked so well, Virgin went on to recruit for another apprenticeship position based at Liverpool Lime Street with training provided by Joint Learning. A further student who completed the Traineeship was invited to apply for an Apprenticeship with the company.

Joint Learning and Real Skills Training Partnership

At their training centre in the heart of Liverpool One, Joint Learning is running an effective Study Programme with progression to Traineeships, Apprenticeships and jobs with partner Real Skills who are the UK’s most innovative provider of Rail Training and Rail Recruitment to the UK rail industry.

In order to gain the valuable skills needed for employment in the rail industry, trainees attend on and off the job training, gaining qualifications in Transport and Operations Maintenance. Once progressed, young people work towards gaining their PTS – a certificate in personal track safety required by all rail workers.

There are more than 190,000 people employed in the rail industry across the UK; with many of them working on the 20,000 miles of track.

Joint Learning are pleased to be working in such a progressive industry supporting young people into sustainable careers in partnership with both Virgin Trains and Real Skills Training.