Get into Railways programme
Thameslink, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, runs Get into Railways, a programme for young people from difficult backgrounds.
The 18-25 year olds selected for the programme receive free four-week and two-day courses at a training centre on our network. Their time is split between the training centre and a two-week work placement at one of our stations.
The programme focuses on practical skills development and the chance to build a strong CV. The Prince's Trust helps the young people become work- ready by developing their skills and confidence. Participants also get to experience a number of mock interviews with our staff.
At the end of 2015, a group of 11 gained work experience and training in customer service at stations in Bedford, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, Elstree and London St Pancras.
Tom, one of the group said: “Lots of people I know have got into work through Thameslink’s Prince’s Trust programme and it’s changed their lives.
If you haven’t got the best grades it’s very difficult to even get a job interview. I like the fact I will be out there talking to passengers and helping them.”
Becky Emery, 20, added: “I left school without any qualifications and everyone asks for five GCSEs and it is so hard to get an interview. I’d kind of lost hope doing part-time dead-end jobs. Now I’m doing something I am proud of. This is life changing.”
John O’Reilly, Director, The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said: “At The Prince’s Trust, we know that most young people have the determination and willingness to find jobs, but often lack the opportunities to do so. Partnerships between The Trust and leading employers such as Thameslink are invaluable to offer jobless young people workplace experience and give them the confidence and skills they need to move into employment.”
All of those completing the programme have also been offered further support by Thameslink staff, who have volunteered as mentors. Twenty individuals from across the business have been trained by the charity to support any individual who completes the programme, to help them move into work or further training.
Developing confident travellers
We're keen to make sure youngsters stay safe when they travel with us. That’s why we’ve developed Go-Learn, a unique education programme designed to help children and young people improve their knowledge and confidence around public transport.
Go-Learn has three phases:
- Learning about staying safe on the railway
- School sessions looking at travel planning and personal safety
- Practical station and trip experiences
Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Building skills for the future
One way we help young people is by giving them the chance to gain valuable experience on the job. We offer both work experience programmes and an engineering apprenticeship scheme.