Rail apprenticeships on track

ARC Academy, which specialises in delivering training to the rail industry, is now using EAL’s qualifications for their apprenticeship training programmes

Shereene Clarke is ARC Academy’s director of compliance, with responsibility for the apprenticeship programme and commercial training.

She explains: “EAL has accredited the small plant training we provide in house for our track maintenance customers. This gives us the edge of having a bespoke and credible Certificate of Achievement, which is quality-assured by a national awarding organisation. This recognition adds value for our learners and to their employers, so it’s a real asset for us.”

ARC Academy has chosen EAL to support its rail apprenticeship programme, which trains around 500 apprentices each year.

Shereene says: “Our positive experience with the team at EAL on Flexible Solutions led to our decision to move our apprenticeship provision over to them from January 2016. We realised they are the specialists in rail engineering and can offer us so much more support and expertise than other awarding organisations.

“It makes a real difference that EAL’s people have a background in our industry. They understand what employers need and have helped us provide a more bespoke and flexible service to our customers.”