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Left to Right: Minister Iain Duncan Smith, MP Charlie Elphicke and the latest apprentice graduates.

East Kent Railways Trust “Apprentice Scheme” received a massive boost last Friday with a visit from the Minister for Works & Pensions, Mr Iain Duncan Smith. He was joined by local by MP, Charlie Elphicke, Tim Ingleton, Dover District Council’s Head of Inward Investment and Jason Rose of ARC Academy UK Ltd.  The visit was all about seeing apprenticeships in action and also get some ideas on how they could help the Trust, with this scheme and other future projects which are such important examples of Community Investment. During the visit they met with some of the apprentices, past and present, who chatted with the visitors to talk about their own experiences.

During the one year pilot scheme, in partnership with ARC Academy UK, the Apprentice Scheme has provided placements for 60 local youths with first class training and they have all gained employment in the Rail Industry. The Trust is enormously proud to be informed that an estimated £1.2 Million has been injected into our local communities, thanks to the Apprentice Scheme with welcome support from Dover District Council.

Since signing a permanent agreement with ARC Academy UK Ltd, another 10 young people have gained employment through this scheme, making 70 in total and 24 more are going through their paces today, at East Kent Railway.

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