To mark the recent National Apprenticeship Week, a Bridgend teenager has highlighted the opportunities available to young women within the rail industry.
Demi Woodham from Bridgend, is based at Arriva Trains Wales’ Canton Depot and is hoping to gain rail industry-recognised qualifications with Arriva, after being recruited as a fleet apprentice on a four-year apprentice contract in September 2016.
She is currently completing an NVQ Level 3 Traction and Rolling Stock with Coleg y Cymoedd and studying a BTEC level 3 in electronic and electrical engineering.
She will also be required to complete a HNC electronic and electrical engineering qualification in years 3 and 4, after which she will qualify to become a Craft Interchangeable Technician at the end of her apprenticeship.
Demi said: “The rail industry is seen as a male dominated profession but I felt very welcome from the start. I love coming to work every day and it has proved to be a wonderful opportunity and a fantastic path to be on.
“Everyone I have worked with has helped me improve my skill set and my knowledge of the company and our trains. I have learned many new skills from the staff I work with at the depot each day, and feel like a valuable member of the team.
“I would like to continue working in the rail industry after my apprenticeship and, hopefully, stay within the train maintenance section at Arriva Trains Wales.
“It’s a great career and I would encourage more women to seek out a career within the rail industry.”