Welwyn Garden City duo on track for employment
PUBLISHED: 13:15 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:23 16 March 2016
Two young unemployed men from Welwyn Garden City were part of a team who developed practical skills working alongside staff at railway stations.
Andrew Kiddie and Nathan Clark joined a team of eight, all under 25, who completed a programme run by the Prince’s Trust and train company Govia.
Over a four-week programme, they worked at stations regularly used by Welwyn Hatfield passengers including King’s Cross and Finsbury Park, and may now have chances of employment with the company.
Govia Great Northern’s passenger service director Keith Jipps said: “The eight have shown an amazing amount of passion for the railway, learnt new skills and developed their confidence. They should be very proud of themselves, as we all are.
“I am equally pleased with the way our managers and teams have welcomed the group into our business and supported them throughout.
“This is a great programme and I really do hope we can identify some opportunities for the candidates to join us.”
The company will run three programmes a year across its network, with the second already underway in Croydon.
John O’Reilly, a director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “As well as developing skills and providing experience, the Get into Railways programme, with our fantastic partners Great Northern, bridges the gap between employers and young job-seekers.
“Congratulations to all of the young people involved.”