We spoke to Sadar Ali, Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice with Alstom

Can you describe your role in a few words?

I work as a qualified Train Driver and Test Technician on our test track, test driving our trains to make sure that all systems are functioning correctly. I am also involved in the process of fixing any faults that are identified during the testing process.

What were you doing prior to your Apprenticeship?

I was studying at an engineering school doing my level 2 manufacturing engineering.

What was your perception of the sector before you started your apprenticeship?

I have always been interested in and fascinated by the rail industry, and particularly in how trains are built and how they operate. I thought getting into the rail industry would be an amazing opportunity to achieve my career goals. When I did my work experience, I really enjoyed it and wanted to go back and learn how to build trains from start to finish and further develop my engineering skills and knowledge.

What interested you in joining Alstom?

Alstom is the UK & Ireland’s leading supplier of new trains and train services, and so to join Alstom was a massive achievement and honour for me, I knew I would have the opportunity to grow and progress in the company.

What are the key things you’ve learnt so far in your job?

  1. Communication and teamwork
  2. Learning up-to-date technical knowledge and skills
  3. Problem solving

What is the most exciting part of your job?

Learning new things every day which makes each day different and interesting. And also working with many talented and experienced colleagues who have spent many years in rail industry; it’s an honour working with them and learning from them.

Have you worked on the HS2 project through your apprenticeship?

I’m excited and looking forward to working on the HS2 project, it will be very significant for my career to be helping to deliver the new trains for HS2 .

What would you like to do after completing your apprenticeship?

I have already developed my skills and knowledge within the last 3 years in my current Apprenticeship programme. I would like to develop my engineering skills and knowledge further and carry on finishing my degree in electrical and electronic engineering, and work towards achieving my career goals.