Newcastle College has hosted one of the biggest Industry Week events in the UK for the second year running, aligning with the national Rail Week event to host a week-long programme of activities for students and stakeholders at its award winning Rail Academy.
The Rail Week initiative was established in 2016 to address the skills shortages in rail related roles, by engaging schools, colleges and universities with industry to inspire more young people to consider a career in the sector. The event sees collaboration from across the rail industry and education sector to showcase the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available.
This year, Newcastle College put its own spin on the event with Industry Week, featuring Construction and Civil Engineering partners and putting the whole engineering sector in the spotlight. More than 32 activities were delivered throughout the week with industry partners including Network Rail, Nexus, Cross Country and Robertson Civil Engineering.
On Wednesday, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, British Transport Police and Network Rail hosted an incident response demonstration to a dramatic live rail incident. Together with Rail Academy colleagues, a car crash at a level crossing was re-enacted, to show how passengers and public would be rescued, while working to get the railway running smoothly again. A number of guest speakers also attended, including the UKs leading speaker on Behavioural Safety Training, Jason Ankers MBE.
Steven Shiel, Head of Rail and Built Environment at Newcastle College said: “Rail Week is such a fantastic event which inspires so many young people. We took the opportunity to extend the event to construction and civil engineering – both of which are vital to our region’s transport infrastructure and go hand in hand with the rail industry.
“I must give a huge thanks to all of our industry partners who have worked hard to help us host another successful programme of events and I hope that we have inspired more young people to consider a future in engineering. I’m looking forward to next year’s event already!”