Siemens recruits another 25 apprentices

Posted by Barry Pearson on March 13, 2017  |   Comments Off on Siemens recruits another 25 apprentices

As the UK celebrates apprenticeships during National Apprentice Week, Chippenham-based Siemens Rail Automation is currently recruiting 25 apprentices to work across its business, representing the largest single apprentice intake at the company for more than thirty years. Fifteen of these positions will be based in Chippenham and the company is encouraging applications from the town and surrounding areas.

The apprentices will join a workforce of some 15,000 Siemens’ employees working across the UK. Around 800 of these are based in Chippenham, which is not only home to an impressive 11,000 square metre manufacturing facility, but also research and development (R&D), design, project delivery and engineering teams, as well as administration and support functions.

With a long and proud association with both Chippenham and the rail industry, which dates back over 130 years, Siemens has delivered a wide range of signalling and control projects across the length and breadth of Great Britain and is currently involved in some of the UK’s most high profile infrastructure schemes – including London’s Thameslink and Crossrail programmes.

Colin Morris, Siemens Head of Capability, said: “At Siemens, developing and equipping our people to make a difference to the world we live in is vital, we call it ‘Ingenuity for Life’. Apprenticeships are a great way for us to turn today’s talented young people into the experts we need tomorrow.

“Siemens has been responsible for some amazing achievements: helping to reduce congestion in cities by 20% using intelligent real-time traffic data; building offices using nothing but a 3D printer; and, helping NASA develop the Curiosity Rover and land it safely on Mars. Our apprentices all have an opportunity to contribute to projects like these and to help shape the future.”

He continued: “We are currently looking to recruit apprentices for a wide range of roles, including manufacturing, signalling design, R&D and digital systems. We hope that the successful applicants will enjoy a long and rewarding career with the company, with the apprenticeship offering a great route to a degree, as well as a huge variety of potential career paths. As one of the largest employers in the area, we pride ourselves on the quality of our training and development programmes, and aim to help each apprentice who joins us to realise their full potential.”

The company is looking for candidates who are sixteen years of age or older and have a minimum of four GCSEs. These should include maths (grade B or higher), English Language and a Science/Physics (grade C or higher). Typically, the apprenticeships start in August/September and have a starting salary of £12,500. At the end of the three-year programme, the apprentices then move into permanent roles which match their skills and ambitions and span the range of the company’s operations – from design and engineering to finance and business development.

Anyone interested in applying should go to www.siemens.co.uk/careers and click on the apprenticeships link.

Siemens Rail Automation is a global leader in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of track-side and train-borne signalling and train control solutions. Its portfolio includes train control, interlocking systems, operations control systems, components, track vacancy detection, level-crossing protection, rail communications, cab radios, station systems and cargo automation for both passenger and freight rail operators.

Siemens employs over 15,000 people in the UK, with 1,650 people working in the Rail Automation division from offices in Chippenham, London, Croydon, Poole, Birmingham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Manchester, York, Glasgow, Newport and Derby. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk/rail.

Siemens is one of the UK’s leading apprenticeship employers and has more than 500 apprentices on its longstanding programme. As a major engineering employer in the UK, the company has created 120 apprentice places this year across its nine business divisions.