Newcastle College Rail Academy were recognised by Rail Week for their week-long programme of events that engaged over 400 learners, 28 different organisations from across the UK and multiple local schools.
The Rail Week initiative was created in 2016 by the professional networking association ‘Young Rail Professionals’ (YRP). The aim of the week is to inspire the next generation of rail and showcase the industry to all. Rail Week 2017 ran from Monday 9 October – Sunday 15 October, with over 80 collaborators from across the UK rail industry and education sector taking part in this years’ celebrations.
Activities at Newcastle College kicked-off on the Monday with our students participating in a route operations task, where current students competed to solve a realistic task set by industry professionals. This was followed by the Future Engineers event the next day, which saw industry professionals and ex-students share their experiences of the industry to our current students, which was very well received.
On the Wednesday, the College opened its doors to the public for a ‘Showcase Day’. The event consisted of interactive challenges, guest speakers and demonstrations, including a dramatic live rail incident. The incident was set up by college staff to show how, in a real-life crisis, rail professionals would work together to get the railway running smoothly again.
The College rounded-off the week by inviting local school children to the facility to see first-hand what it means to work in rail. There were plenty of ‘have-a-go’ activities the children could get involved in.
Scott Johnson, Head of Rail at Newcastle College commented: “This year, we wanted to go above and beyond what we had done previously, it is such a fantastic event that inspires so many people and we wanted to be able to contribute to it as much as we could. I’d like to extend my gratitude to our wonderful industry partners who made the week such a success. I can’t wait to see what the team come up with next year.”
Newcastle College Rail Academy