16-year-old Eleanor Nugent helping to recruit new Apprentice Fleet Engineers

Thursday, 30 January 2020


  • EMR is looking for the engineers of the future
  • Practical experience working at maintenance depots in either Derby, Nottingham or Leeds
  • Listen to why Eleanor loves working for EMR as an Apprentice Engineer

East Midlands Railway is now recruiting the engineers of the future, offering opportunities for young people from across the East Midlands to ‘learn on the job’ while also expanding the rail industry’s skills base.

EMR is looking for six apprentices to join its busy Fleet Engineering Team, working at its maintenance depots in Derby, Nottingham and Leeds. The Engineering Apprentices will help the team of over 450 maintenance staff to look after the fleet of over 100 trains, operating on services to London and right across the East Midlands, providing safe, reliable and clean trains for customers.

Eleanor Nugent, 16 from Derby has been an Apprentice Fleet Engineer for over a year at East Midlands Railway; hear what she has to say about her role:

The apprentices will be trained to Level Three standard. They will be taught in-depth electrical and mechanical engineering as well as having practical experience and a host of other tasks that keep East Midlands Railway on the right track. They will gain the skills necessary to support a long and interesting career in the EMR Fleet Engineering Team.

EMR will be delivering over £600 million of investment between now and 2027, including the complete replacement of the current train fleet so it is a great time to get involved and learn an important new skill.

Have a listen to why Kirsty Derry, HR Director for East Midlands Railway, thinks you should apply to become a Fleet Engineer:

If you would like to join Eleanor, the closing date for applicants to apply is Friday 7th February.

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