·       National body which helps young people in the rail industry coming to East Midlands
·       Launch event taking place in Derby tonight
·       East Midlands Group expecting to tap in to the wealth of rail industry opportunities in the region

Young people in the East Midlands will soon be getting extra help and support to start a career in the railway.

The railway supports thousands of jobs in the East Midlands and the Young Rail Professionals East Midlands Steering Committee aims to encourage more young people to work within the rail industry as well as helping local businesses to identify and nurture the next generation of talent.

The Steering Group’s launch event takes place this evening (Thursday 30th October) at The Roundhouse, near Derby station. It includes a number of presentations from young people currently working in the rail industry and will also give students and new recruits the chance to meet others and find out more.

Young Rail Professionals (YRP), founded in 2009, brings together young people from across the UK railway industry, covering all aspects of the industry from engineering and planning to train design, regulation and marketing.

For people starting out in their career, Young Rail Professionals provides networking and professional development opportunities to enhance and inspire members. For those in education, Young Rail Professionals run a Rail Ambassadors programme, providing opportunities to its members to visit schools, colleges and universities to attract the next generation into this dynamic industry.

YRP have been extremely successful in the South and in light of this success a new steering committee for the East Midlands Region of the YRP has been established and will be supported by East Midlands Trains.

Sarah Layzell, Talent Manager at East Midlands Trains, said:
“The East Midlands Steering Committee will work with young people in rail, students at local universities, senior industry figures, and local business managers to promote, inspire and develop young people working in the rail industry”.

“There has never been a better time to work in the rail industry with many billions of pounds being invested in new stations, trains, tracks and signals to cope with growing passenger numbers”.

“The East Midlands region in particular is a hotbed of developments and opportunities, particularly for hard working and ambitious young people and the Steering Committee will work closely with young people and the industry to provide the next generation of rail industry leaders”.

The East Midlands Steering committee is made up of individuals from across the Rail Industry including East Midlands Trains and Bombardier. To secure a place at the event you will need register at www.youngrailpro.com/events As part of this process you will be asked to register as a member of the East Midlands Young Railway Professionals region. The meeting takes place between 5.45pm and 8pm.