The message came from Network Rail programme controller Darren Jaundrill, who outlined how the organisation that runs the nation’s rail infrastructure supports more than 200 apprentice placements each year.
He said that apprenticeships were “essential to develop the national skill base.”
Network Rail uses its programme as a first step on the professional development ladder.
Milton Keynes College educates more than 20,000 students and provides services to around 6,000 businesses. The ability to earn and learn was as appealing to students as it was to employers, said college principal and chief executive Dr Julie Mills.
The college has also launched a new Higher Apprenticeship for Project Management, which begins in April.
Nat Morosoli, of the Association for Project Management, said that the new course should be used to attract and grow talent, with the first companies to adopt the qualification attracting thousands of high quality applications.
- Pictured: (from left) Darren Jaundrill; Dr Julie Mills; Peter Parkes of the IoD Buckinghamshirre and Milton Keynes branch; Nat Morosoli.