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Qualitrain puts Skills at the Heart of Recruitment Drive

The Qualitrain team were delighted to be involved in the latest recruitment drive organised by partners Shorterm Group, recruiting for their clients Bombardier and Motherson Rolling Stock Systems (MRSS, formerly BTRoS) – a key supplier to the Derby-based train maker.

Bombardier had announced in November 2019 that it, and its supplier MRSS, would be jointly seeking hundreds of new staff members. MRSS produces and installs electrical components for carriages and needed some 200 additional workers, whilst Bombardier required in the region of 400 additional production staff to meet the demand for new rolling stock for Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and West Midlands Trains.

The day-long event, led by Shorterm Group, took place at the Derby Roundhouse venue on 25th January and was a great success, drawing around 300 applicants to find out more about the roles and undertake aptitude tests. Talking about the career opportunities the day offered, Shorterm Group said: “As long as you have a willingness to learn you do not need any previous experience for the electrical assembler role and for the mechanical assembler you only require a basic mechanical knowledge.”

Qualitrain, which has been training staff at both MRSS (BTRoS) and Bombardier for more than 10 years, plays a key role in a very successful long-term partnership combining recruitment and funded training to meet the needs of these important employers and help people into high quality, well-paid jobs. “On the day,” said Qualitrain MD Leon Bowler, “our team provided practical assessments which allowed the employers to gauge the aptitude of the candidates for the particular roles. “However, thanks to a partnership with our Department of Work and Pensions colleagues, we are able to offer so much more. The selected candidates will be given highly-focused training with Qualitrain before they begin work on the shop floor with either Bombardier or MRSS.

This ensures they are safe, competent and have the necessary skills to make a valuable contribution from day one. It also facilitates the job of recruitment, since even candidates with limited mechanical or electrical experience – so long as they are keen and willing to learn – can find excellent employment opportunities.” Speaking of the long-standing funding relationship which has underpinned so much valuable training for unemployed people, Department of Work and Pensions’ Paul Whitehurst said, “The funded training programmes run by Qualitrain to give people the skills needed to gain employment at Bombardier are one of the best uses of public money I’ve been involved in.”