Infrastructure support services provider SWGR is appealing for both experienced rail operatives and those looking to join the industry to apply for roles as part of a nationwide campaign.
The company is delivering substantial projects across the country and is a primary contractor of choice for many isolation and possession management works. Working across all of Network Rail’s regions, SWGR is launching the campaign to contribute towards bridging the skills gap in the industry and provide more career opportunities.
While it is looking for experienced rail operatives, those interested in a rail career are also encouraged to apply.
SWGR has a longstanding history of developing strong teams for rail projects.
Fraser Boyce, who is celebrating his fifth anniversary with the company, joining as an Earthing Assistant in 2015. His positive attitude, willingness to learn and ‘can do’ work ethic has helped him to progress to an OLEC 1, OLEC 2 and Authorised Person, learning through Scot-Train courses. SWGR is a sister company to Scot-Train, which can provide training and support to anyone working for a rail company.
Fraser said: “When I first started with SWGR, I was looking for a career change due to previously having been diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2011. The treatment was going well, and I was getting back to full fitness – so, at this point, my consultant advised a change in career.
“I was eager to start on the railways because of the opportunities and the fact it is a good career. Working on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP) project helped me to understand how the railways worked and I took more courses so that I could take on different roles. I completed my Working at Heights ticket, Machine Operator licence and my OLEC 2 qualification.
“I would like to think I have progressed well in the company and SWGR has given me plenty of opportunities to develop and progress my career.”
Fraser is now working in the OLE office as a Resources Co-Ordinator and SSOW Planner.
Frank Tierney, Head of Electrification Services North, said: “Fraser is a perfect example of someone who has started their career from scratch in rail and, with the right attitude, can progress far in the rail sector.
“I am sure that Fraser has the ability to progress to be an excellent manager for our division in time to come. He has learned many different skills along the way and has become an asset to the team. As we continue to deliver on more work across the UK, we need the right people to join us – and, in turn, we will help them further develop their career.
“Whether you already have experience, or want to start a new career, SWGR has plenty of opportunities across the whole of the UK.”
You can find out more and apply for the new roles available by clicking here.