TPE's 2023 cohort of apprentices

Next stop, success! TPE welcomes next generation of railway talent

TransPennine Express (TPE), which operates stations and trains across the North and Scotland, has opened its doors to its most recent cohort of apprentices, who will experience a range of areas across the business.

This cohort marks nine years of TPE welcoming young apprentices to the business to start their railway journey in different departments including Performance, Human Resources, and Customer Experience. This is also the first year the business has welcomed an apprentice to its Sustainability team.

Over the next two years, the apprentices will gain experience in their chosen area, whilst working with experts in the field. They’ll also explore other departments within TPE, gaining a wealth of experience and being able to see what it takes to keep the north and Scotland on the move.

Emma Sayers-Bates, Talent and Development Manager at TPE, said: “It’s amazing to welcome another group of apprentices to the business, growing our teams with even more fresh talent. The apprentices will be getting stuck in during an exciting time for the business.

“This is a brilliant group of young apprentices, who have already shown their passion for the industry, and throughout the next two years will develop the skills they need to succeed. Within TransPennine Express we know how important it is for young talent to be introduced to rail, equipping them with the knowledge that will help them build an incredible career.”

Lucy Lightbown, Sustainability Apprentice at TPE, said: “When I finished college, I knew that University was not the right option for me. I have a real passion for the environment, so when I heard about the apprenticeship opening at TPE it seemed like the perfect fit for me.

“This scheme will allow me to earn whilst I learn and make a positive impact on the environment at the same time!

Jake Shore, Service Planning Apprentice for TPE, said: “I’ve always had a passion for rail and been on the lookout for a role within the industry. I’m really looking forward to working for TPE as it’s a great opportunity to gain new skills and a qualification whilst getting some hands-on work experience.”

Since 2021, almost 70% of apprentices have secured permanent roles within TPE, with last year’s cohort obtaining roles in Train Planning, Revenue Protection, and Workforce Planning.

To find out more about the apprenticeships TPE have to offer, and hear what previous apprentices have to say about the scheme, visit:

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Notes to editors

Pictured left to right in TPE's 2023 cohort of apprentices:

Corey Leyland, Performance Apprentice 

Jake Shore, Train Planning Apprentice

Gabriel Doherty, Customer Experience Apprentice

Lucy Lightbown, Sustainability Apprentice

Owen Buckle, Performance Apprentice

Victoria Treiber, HR Apprentice

Matthew Barrick, Customer Experience Apprentice