UK Developments Review
Network Rail Maintain Apprentice Scheme
Over 200 aspiring engineers have joined this year's Network Rail’s advanced apprentice scheme, becoming part of the latest rail revolution which will see £35bn invested in a bigger and better railway over the next five years.
The young apprentices will spend their first year studying technical, practical and personal development activities at Europe’s largest specialist engineering training centre at HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire. Here they live and work alongside the Royal Navy, sharing state-of-the-art recreation and sports facilities. Apprentices will train as specialists in track, signalling, electrification and plant, or telecoms.
Whilst training at the Gosport centre continues throughout their second and third years, apprentices extend their development by learning on the job at rail engineering depots across Britain, where they are supervised by experienced teams.
With this year’s intake, Network Rail has hired over 1,000 apprentices since its launch in 2005 and will train a further 1,200 over the next five years.
Commenting on the new apprentice intake, Network Rail chief executive, Iain Coucher said: "This is an exciting time to begin working in the rail industry, to train and develop their skills so they can be part of the future of Network Rail. I believe investing in our people is an investment in all our futures, building a better railway and a better skilled Britain."
Sandvik Create Global Centre in Northern Ireland
Sandvik Mining and Construction have announced that they are establishing a global product development centre for screens and feeders, at the site of the former Fintec factory in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland. By concentrating the development of screens and feeders, both stationary and mobile, at a single location, Sandvik will be able to better utilize the knowledge.
A principal reason for Sandvik’s decision in locating this vital component of its screening operation at the Ballygawley facility, is due to the concentration of highly skilled, and experienced, screens and feeder design engineers. The region supports an industry infrastructure that grew in Northern Ireland over the last fifty years, and shows that it is still the home of the mobile screening industry.
The Queen Visits Olympic Park and Plants the First London 2012 Tree
Her Majesty The Queen has visited the Olympic Park to see the progress being made to create the venues and infrastructure needed for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has helped plant the first of over 4,000 trees that will create the parklands.
After viewing the Olympic Stadium from a platform at the level of the highest spectators’ seat, Her Majesty then walked along a section of the 100 metre track and across what will become the finish line. Watched by a group of construction workers from across the Olympic Park site, Her Majesty then planted the first tree on the Olympic Park next to the waterways adjacent to the Stadium.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “It is an honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to the Olympic Park site today and show her the progress that is being made across the site. We now have around 7,000 people working to create the venues that are already landmarks on the east London skyline and thousands of British companies working on one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.
Halting the decline in biodiversity
May Gurney is working in partnership with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and the Probation Service to help protect an endangered species - and at the same time enhance the environment at one of our depots in Essex.
The Essex Biodiversity Action Plan has identified Stag Beetles as one of 25 species in need of conservation. To help tackle the threat, BTCV and a team undertaking 'community payback' (working under the supervision of the Probation Service) are developing an area at May Gurney's Childerditch depot to provide the correct habitat to encourage Stag Beetle breeding and colonisation.
The scheme also includes seating, a wild flower meadow and bird boxes and feeders, which will enhance the depot and create a pleasant environment for employees.
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Roger Lindley MCIM
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