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Crossrail apprenticeship promise reached

Crossrail has fulfilled its commitment to take on at least 400 apprentices over the project's construction.

Around two in five of the apprenticeships have been filled by people who were previously unemployed - that's double the UK average.

They have been trained in a range of professions from construction to accountancy, and quantity surveying to business administration.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: 'Apprenticeship starts are now increasing at a faster rate in the Capital than any other UK region and we want to see even more London's firms follow Crossrail's lead by helping provide the next generation of Londoners with skills that will benefit them for years to come.'

Since April 2009, we and our suppliers have created more than 5,000 apprenticeship roles.

 Mike Brown MVO, Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail, said: 'All our apprentices are helping us to support over 30million journeys every day as we continue to invest billions of pounds in our transport network to meet the needs of London's growing population to support jobs, homes and economic growth. It is clearly essential that we have the right people with the right skills to enable us to deliver for the city and its people.'

The 400th apprentice

Fatima Alghali (pictured), works as a commercial apprentice at Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations, a world away from her previous job as a London estate agent.

She says: 'I can't recommend apprenticeships more highly. Working on Europe's largest construction project has given me an unforgettable introduction. No two days are the same, and not only am I learning from some of the best engineers in the industry I will end up with a qualification that will give me a great start to a career. It's also a huge help that you earn a salary as I'll be debt free when I qualify.'


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