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Youth matters

We’re keen to support young people across our entire network. See how our different programmes are working to do that.

Get Into Railways programme

Great Northern, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, runs Get into Railways, a programme for young people from difficult backgrounds.

The 18-25 year olds selected for the programme receive a free four-week and two-day programme at a training centre on our network. Their time is split into learning and a two-week work placement at one of our a stations.

 The programme focuses on practical skills development and the chance to build a strong CV. The Prince's Trust helps the young people become work-ready by developing their skills and confidence. Participants also get to experience a number of mock interviews with our staff.

Following our summer 2016 programme, nine young unemployed people from Stevenage, Hertford, St Albans and Luton secured roles with Great Northern, working on the station gateline or platforms.

Speaking at the conclusion of the programme, Iram, from Luton, said: “Before the course I was actively seeking work. I took refuge with The Prince’s Trust and have seen the success they offer. Through this course I now understand more about how the railway industry works. Thanks to all at Great Northern for helping me shine.”

Josh, who spent his work experience at King’s Cross, added: “I needed a change in direction as I was never satisfied with other jobs I’ve had in the past. I needed a career, so I could provide for my family. I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity and rediscovered my confidence. I have a new focus and thank The Prince’s Trust and Great Northern for this.”

Ashleigh, who spent her time at Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City, concluded: “I never thought I’d enjoy this so much. The station staff welcomed me as one of the team. I’ve been on a real journey and look forward to using my new skills to help others in the future.”

John O’Reilly, Director, The Prince’s Trust in Central England, said: “At The Prince’s Trust, we know that most young people have the determination and willingness to find jobs, but often lack the opportunities to do so. Partnerships between The Trust and leading employers such as Great Northern are invaluable to offer jobless young people workplace experience and give them the confidence and skills they need to move into employment.”

All of those completing the programme have also been offered further support by Great Northern staff, who have volunteered as mentors. Twenty individuals from across the business have been trained by the charity to support any individual who completes the programme, to help them move into work or further training. 

Developing confident travellers 

We're keen to ensure that youngsters stay safe when they travel with us. That’s why we’ve developed Go-Learn, a unique education programme designed to help children and young people improve their knowledge and confidence around public transport.

Go-Learn has three phases: 

  • Learning about staying safe on the railway
  • School sessions looking at travel planning and personal safety
  • Practical station and trip experiences

 Interested? Please email for more information. 

Building skills for the future

One way we help young people is by helping them gain valuable experience on the job. We offer both work experience programmes and an engineering apprenticeship scheme. 

See our current opportunities