Having a go: Rail Minister Andrew Jones tries his hand at train driving on the EMT simulator. Tony Miles
Celebration: Rail Minister Andrew Jones prepares to cut a cake to mark the launch of Level 3. Tony Miles

As the rail industry gears up to train over 1,000 drivers over the next year, Rail Minister Andrew Jones joined trainee drivers at East Midlands Trains’ academy in Derby on 28 November 2018 to mark the launch of the new Level 3 train driver apprenticeship programme. Being pioneered by EMT, the programme forms part of a move to professionalise the train driver role with a new common, industry-wide approach to Part A as part of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard. The new Apprenticeship Standard will allow successful trainees to secure a formal certification and has been developed in partnership with the drivers’ union ASLEF; the Rail Safety and Standards Board; Rail Delivery Group; the Institution of Railway Operators and the National Skills Academy for Rail. The Apprenticeship Standard will be applicable to all train operators and freight operators in England.

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