TQ Partner with Virgin Trains and ASLEF
“It was a fantastic course: at the end of it, I came out with a degree, three years of experience in different departments within Virgin Trains and got a job out of it!”
TQ are delighted to partner with Virgin Trains and ASLEF
in new apprenticeship initiative
Three young people in the North West have become the very first apprentice train drivers at Virgin Trains, after the company, drivers’ union ASLEF and training provider TQ Training launched a brand new, high-quality programme earlier this year.
Simon Tyrer, Sam Jones and Joe Wilson started their 52-week programme in February. They undertake their on-the-job training from the different Virgin Trains depots where they are based (Preston, Manchester and Liverpool, respectively) and come together in Crewe once a week to work on the NVQ component of the programme.
All three are currently shadowing mentor drivers in their depots, accompanying them to see how they all tackle the different daily challenges of safely transporting thousands of passengers on their routes. Sam recently took the chance of travelling down to London with Lee Stevenson, who is the ASLFE rep on the drivers’ company council from Manchester, where she is based.