Sacked Wolverton Works apprentices get their jobs back

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Fourteen Railcare apprentices made redundant from the Wolverton Works last month have been re-employed by the company’s new owners.

A total of eighteen former Railcare apprentices from the company’s Wolverton and Glasgow sites were all offered employment by Knorr-Bremse Rail Services and all but two, who are now in other employment, have decided to resume their apprenticeships.

Mark Cooper, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Rail Services, said: “My colleagues and I here at Knorr-Bremse Rail Services are delighted that 16 apprentices have chosen to join us in the new company and to complete their training here.

“I have always believed in apprenticeships and that we should be encouraging young people into the company and into the rail industry.

“We have one of the finest schemes in the rail industry here as has been recently recognised with an award, thanks to the efforts of David Hilliard and his team.

“We will now be able to invest in the highest levels of training for our apprentices and employees going forward which benefits us and brings skills into the UK rail industry.

“I am sure that the apprentices both here and at Springburn can look forward to a great future with Knorr-Bremse Rail Services and as part of the global Knorr-Bremse Rail Group.”

MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster, met with Business Secretary Vince Cable and Knorr-Bremse Rail Services bossses to discuss the future of the works this week.

“It’s been a turbulent year for the Wolverton works as I’ve experienced firsthand with dealings with Treasury, the Valuation agency and BIS,” said Mr Lancaster.

“I’ve always said that I believe there is a positive future for railway engineering in Wolverton and with this week’s re-employment of apprentices and new work arriving this weekend I hope the worst is now behind us.

“It’s clear from our meeting with Vince Cable that Knorr-Bremse have major investment plans for the site and will be looking to take on extra staff in the coming months.

“I am determined to get the maximum support we can from BIS especially when it comes to expanding the apprenticeship scheme. None of this though would be possible without the sterling support and dedication of the staff at the works.”