Supporting the next generation of rail professionals with Rail Week

Telent is proud to support Rail Week 2020. Like so many others, the event has gone virtual this year, but it has still been nurturing and supporting new rail talent through a number of online initiatives that have been held over the past week.

The dedicated week of activity aims to inspire a generation of young people through a series of virtual tours, webinars and Q&As. This includes free virtual events to show young people why working in the Rail Industry is a great career choice.

The Rail Week initiative has been the brainchild of the professional networking association Young Rail Professionals (YRP), which Telent has partnered with as a Corporate Member.

Words from Team Telent

As part of Rail Week, Telent employees from different stages in their careers have shared their experience in the rail industry.

Olu Oluwole, a Graduate Project Manager at Telent decided to pursue a career in the rail industry because “The structure and governance drew me to the industry. The projects involved making real life changes and helping to improve transportation in the UK.”

Laz Goredema, Service Delivery Manager at Telent, said that they “decided to join the rail industry as the sector contains a huge range of different job opportunities, which can be challenging and enables one to always continue to develop own skills in these areas.”

Laz joined Telent straight from University as an Engineering Graduate though our Graduate Scheme, rotating around the business units until finding his calling in the rail industry. “Working in the rail sector isn’t just a job – it’s a career for life. Each day is different, and I enjoy the variety that comes with the job,” Laz said.

Askin Alpinar joined Telent in 2016 and has transitioned from a Graduate Project Manager to a Project Engineer. “The most exciting part of rail for me is that I can see my work in real life,” Askin said. “Our team deploys Station information and security systems (SISS) at train stations, so whenever I am travelling and I visit a train station, I can see some of the work our team have completed. Being able to see that is a very nice and satisfactory feeling.”

Gabriel Veloso, a Graduate Project Manager who joined Telent after applying through our online recruitment portal for Graduate Schemes in Project Management, said the industry excites him as he is “expanding [his] knowledge of how everything works and becoming an integral part of improving it”.

For anyone looking to join the industry, Gabriel’s advice is to “do your research, have an open mind, and take every opportunity”.

Every year we offer graduate and apprenticeship opportunities. Allowing rail industry newcomers to learn about our vast business from experts whilst carrying out real work on real projects. If you would like to join the team working at Telent visit: www.telent.com/careers.


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