Mayor opens new region-wide college rail training academy

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, officially opened a new region-wide rail training academy yesterday (Tuesday 20th February) designed to support hundreds of new training and employment opportunities for local people in the sector.

The Transport, Rail and Infrastructure Academy (TRIA), which has been developed by the City of Wolverhampton College and National Infrastructure Solutions (NIS), will give individuals entry and advanced skills required to gain sustainable jobs, whilst also meeting the demand for skilled operatives to work in the construction and maintenance of train lines, tram routes and stations.

The launch took place at TRIA’s new site at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley, where the Mayor also cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art new Signalling Academy.

To support residents into good jobs in rail, the WMCA is investing £1.1m to create 432 training places at the Dudley site.

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