Merseyrail and Stadler open their doors to local students

MERSEYRAIL and its fleet maintenance provider Stadler have joined forces to provide local students with a behind-the-scenes tour of Kirkdale depot.

Two 14-year-old students from Everton Free School – who regularly work in partnership with Merseyrail  – were invited to Kirkdale depot alongside teachers from the school to understand the different job opportunities involved within the rail industry.

The students – Brodie Foster and Jordan Green – were shown around by Stadler staff and Merseyrail’s Community Involvement Advisor, and walked around the sheds, inspected the new trains and prototype battery train.

The visit was part of the Life Skills Programme Merseyrail carry out with Everton Free School, giving students the opportunity to learn about the world of work prior to taking their examinations.

The objective of this programme is to inspire and motivate children to believe in themselves and the opportunities available to them once they leave school.

Brodie Foster, one of the students from Everton Free School, said: “I enjoyed seeing the future technology of transport in Liverpool. I want to be a rail engineer in the future and it was enlightening experience.”

Jane English, People Director at Merseyrail, said: “As a key part of the Liverpool City Region, it’s vital that we here at Merseyrail give back to the local communities that we serve.

“The rail industry offers a multitude of career opportunities and it’s our responsibility to inspire the next generation to consider rail as an option upon leaving school.”