A group of teenage schoolgirls from Manchester have been shown around a replica test track to get a taste of what a career in rail engineering could offer them.

The Year 10 and 12 students from St Ambrose Barlow Sixth Form were taken to Morson Vital Training’s education hub in Salford, where they tried on PPE and stepped onto a replica outdoor rail test track to learn more about the industry and the various job roles within it.

The event aimed to address the industry’s skills shortage and lack of diversity while also breaking down the stereotypes that prevent females from entering the sector.


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Assistant headteacher Sally Cheshire, said: “It was such an insightful afternoon for all involved and we hope to do it again to inspire more students.”

Morson Vital Training training support manager Andrew Robinson added: “The young girls were a credit to their school and it was superb to change their opinions about what a job in rail engineering looks like by bringing these careers to life.

“We pride ourselves on breaking down the outdated views within our industry, to build a highly skilled and diverse future pipeline that doesn’t just cover gender but all areas of diversity.”


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