A railway enthusiast will have the perfect platform on which to showcase his talents after being fast-tracked through to the final stages of an apprenticeship with engineering giant Siemens Mobility.
Luke Winters, an 18-year-old Level Two Performance Engineering Operations student, has been named Siemens Mobility Student of the Year at Northampton College.
Having impressed on work experience at Siemens Mobility Kings Heath Depot and the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton, Luke will now go straight through to the final 12 of a national search to find two new apprentices who will work in Siemens Mobility Rolling Stock division.
He will have the opportunity to show off his problem-solving capabilities at the company’s apprenticeship assessment centre – where he can secure a permanent role working on the latest technology being rolled out across the railways.
The train-loving teenager said: “I have had a love of railways for as long as I can remember. It started as a little boy with Thomas the Tank Engine and has grown ever since. I love steam engines and the way they were put together and I’m fascinated to see how new technology, coupled with traditional ways of working, is impacting on the railway industry.
“I’m thrilled to have won Student of the Year and this is a huge opportunity for me. I have always dreamed of working in the railway industry and that dream is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
“I’m really grateful to Northampton College for helping me develop in the last couple of years and hopefully I can do myself proud at the assessment centre.”
As part of his prize, Luke also received an Amazon Fire tablet pre-loaded with Siemens specialist train simulation software, allowing him to study on state-of-the-art technology and prepare himself for the challenge ahead.
Dan Walker from Siemens said “There is a significant skills gap in the rail industry but by teaming up with Northampton College and identifying their star students at a young age we can begin to feed that talent pipeline with the type of people we need, good problem solvers with a commitment and determination to work hard. It’s vital we find those people to keep pushing forward.”
Luke is the latest Northampton College student to benefit from a long-standing relationship with Siemens, with several former students graduating from the apprenticeship to work full-time for one of the railway industry’s biggest names.
For more information on engineering courses available at Northampton College, visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk.