Fellowship Type, Sector based Fellowships | February 2017

Adrian Bailey MP inspects Siemens Rail Systems

Adrian Bailey, MP for West Bromwich West and member of Panel of Chairs, visited Siemens King’s Heath Rail Depot and the National Training Academy for Rail  (NTAR) in Northampton on Thursday 2  February 2017, as part of his Postgraduate IPT Fellowship* examining manufacturing and apprenticeships.

The day began when Adrian took a London Midland train from Birmingham New Street to Northampton where he was accompanied by Silke Thomson – Pottebohm, Government and Media Relations Manager at Siemens. She explained in detail to Adrian the London Midland franchise and how Siemens Rail Systems fits into their operations. On arrival in Northampton, Adrian received a series of short presentations from Gordon Virgo, Fleet Delivery Manager at King’s Heath and Pieter Rypma, Key Account Manager, on Siemens current operations including rail systems, rail electrification and rail automation.

After a discussion over lunch on plans for the digital railway and skills, Adrian walked to the NTAR. He was given an overview by Simon Rennie, General Manager, and a site tour where he was able to try out some of the virtual training reality for himself. It also gave the perfect opportunity for Adrian to discuss with trainees their thoughts about the Training Academy.

The visit to the Siemens Rail Systems has allowed Adrian to gain a deeper understanding of the current and future plans for the UK’s transport infrastructure. The Former Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee is due to visit Siemens in Hull next month to examine the new state of the art rotor blade manufacturing facility.

Commenting on the visit Adrian Bailey MP said:

“My visit to Siemens Rail Systems and the NTAR has been fascinating and I am extremely grateful to Siemens for hosting me. It was interesting to see at first-hand the King’s Heath Depot and examine the fantastic facilities available for apprentices at the NTAR. I am looking forward to spending further time with Siemens in Hull next month.”

Gordon Virgo, Fleet Delivery Manager at Siemens Rail Systems, said:

“It was a pleasure to host Adrian at both our Kings Heath Rail Depot and the NTAR today. It was a great opportunity to showcase the work that Siemens Rail Systems has been doing on the topics of electrification and rail automation, and the trainees at the NTAR were delighted to meet him. I’d like to thank the IPT for setting up this visit and work they do in bridging the gap between parliamentarians and business.”

Notes to Editor:

*Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships are available to all parliamentarians, including MPs, Peers and senior House staff from the Houses of Parliament, and also for MEPs from the European Parliament. They can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.