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  • Crossrail is due to transform London's transport system when

  • services start next autumn, and a critical part of the project

  • is the trains built by Canada's Bombardier.

  • But someone needs to keep those trains running,

  • and Britain faces a critical shortage of the engineers

  • and technicians required.

  • So I've come to Bombardier's new depot

  • at Old Oak Common in west London to find out

  • how the company is tackling that very tricky challenge.

  • Oliver Holmes, who's training the staff that

  • will keep the trains running, explains

  • why demand for the right skills is so high

  • and what Bombardier is doing to address the challenge.

  • There's a lot of investment going in the rail industry.

  • Everybody is bringing out new fleets of trains,

  • so demand is high.

  • We've been very fortunate in the fact we got a lot of people

  • from the forces.

  • They've left the forces, and they come and join us,

  • and they're bringing on some great, transferable skills.

  • They're highly trained, and those skills slot

  • right into what we require from them.

  • Obviously, to a lot of bystanders

  • these trains would look pretty similar to traditional trains,

  • but they're fairly different inside.

  • What kind of different skills do you

  • need to recruit to maintain a train like this?

  • In these trains, the technology is very advanced on them now.

  • So a lot of people we have working on them

  • are very good at IT.

  • We have internet networks on the trains,

  • and they're very good working the software,

  • and they are good at good sort of analysis,

  • in interpreting faults and so on.

  • They've been able to fix them, overcome that.

  • Bernadette Westmoreland tells me about the multiple initiatives

  • the company is taking to find new stuff.

  • They include encouraging members of black and minority ethnic,

  • or Bame communities, to come into an industry

  • where they've historically been underrepresented.

  • It's really important to us as an organisation.

  • There's lots of statistics that show diverse organisations

  • perform better, and we are approaching that through

  • a number of different routes.

  • We're engaging with a number of social partners

  • to provide work placement opportunities, CV mentoring, et

  • cetera, to give people an experience of rail

  • and the different careers within rail.

  • We're using our graduate and apprenticeship programmes

  • to increase the diverse talent pools that we are pulling from.

  • So we're delighted that we have over 20

  • per cent Bame in our graduate and apprentice pools,

  • and around 20 per cent female as well

  • in our graduate pool, which has been a real step change for us.

  • Brad Grey, previously an engineer

  • in heavy trucks and now training is a maintenance assistant,

  • illustrates how Bombardier is trying

  • to find people with the right transferable skills to retrain.

  • That's quite a culture shock, yeah,

  • to actually find out how much you can read off of a train

  • just by a laptop, if you know what I mean?

  • And faults-wise.

  • Are you pleased you made the switch?

  • Yeah, 100 per cent .

  • Yeah

  • What's better about it?

  • Well, this is a really exciting project, to start with.

  • Obviously, living in the area myself, the whole

  • project itself, when it's running,

  • will make a difference to my life,

  • to my girlfriend's life, people who we know.

  • So that side of things is exciting for me, the fact

  • that when this is successful, it will change

  • the whole of the area, really.

  • It's clear that the UK generally, and the rail

  • industry in particular, still face a big skills gap.

  • Companies like Bombardier are reacting

  • by training some people, retraining others,

  • and reaching out to new groups.

  • Nobody is pretending the problem has been solved,

  • but the steps that are being taken

  • are doing a great deal to ensure that these trains should

  • be ready next year to whisk millions of passengers

  • across central London.

Crossrail is due to transform London's transport system when

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Mind the skills gap: UK rail's engineering challenge

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    joey joey に公開 2021 年 05 月 29 日
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