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Vossloh Kiepe UK Invests in Skills

A leading rail engineering integration firm is taking steps to invest in the long term future of its business.

Birmingham-based Vossloh Kiepe UK has recruited two new graduates allowing their engineers with a wealth of experience to pass their expertise and knowledge on to the next generation.

As a result, the company has appointed Ganga Katakam as mechanical engineer while Ryan Christian has joined as designer. Both graduates have been allocated a mentor who guides them closely as they work on individual projects, helping to pass on their valuable skills and extensive experience of the rail industry.

Speaking about the new appointments Hugh Parker, engineering director said: “When these two vacancies came up, we made a conscious decision to recruit graduates rather than existing engineers as this will benefit our future long term.

“By putting a mentoring system in place, we will ensure that valuable skills are retained from our existing engineers, some of whom have more than 25 or 30 years of experience. However, it’s not all one way – our graduates are trained in the very latest ideas and techniques and are passing these on to the rest of the team, which is exciting for everyone.”

Ganga, who has two years’ work experience and joined Vossloh Kiepe after finishing her Master’s Degree, was attracted by the role and opportunity for progression at the company. She said: “I enjoy structural calculations, so this role, which offers the chance to work on a variety of different structural engineering projects, was perfect. It’s been a steep learning curve but Senior Structural Engineer Ian Maye has been doing a great job in mentoring me and helping me to put theory into practice.”

A design graduate, Ryan wanted to combine his passions for design and transport – something that Vossloh Kiepe was able to offer. He is now being mentored by Ian Hastings, Design Leader, who he describes as ‘extremely knowledgeable and always on hand to guide me in the right direction’.

Ryan said: “This role allows me to learn as I work alongside engineers like Ian, giving me the opportunity to develop new skills and utilise them on a variety of different design projects. Long term, I hope that as I progress my career, I’ll be able to become a mentor myself, because I think this process is invaluable.”

As well as recruiting graduates, the company has also joined Network Rail’s Track and Train scheme to help support the wider industry. Through the programme, Vossloh Kiepe provides paid work experience for an 18 month period taking on 3 graduates for up to 6 months each, giving them the experience they need to gain permanent employment.

Hugh added: “Investing in skills now is essential for the long term success of Vossloh Kiepe as it will ensure that we have the expertise in place that our customers expect both now and in the future”

Established in 1989, Birmingham-based Vossloh Kiepe UK is one of the UK’s leading companies in the field of railway rolling stock engineering. Formerly called Transys Projects Ltd, it was acquired by Vossloh Kiepe GmbH in June 2012. The company provides turnkey project management and integration of technology enhancements, engineering consultancy, equipment upgrade, replacement, modernisation and renovation of railway rolling stock, both nationally and internationally.

Working with vehicle manufacturers and maintainers, operators, owners and equipment suppliers, Vossloh Kiepe UK is dedicated to improving railway operations and passengers’ experience through sound engineering, high quality design, responsive site operations and excellent project management for all types of work on electric and diesel multiple units, passenger coaches, locomotives, underground and freight vehicles.