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Transport Secretary visits Harold Hill's Railway Academy

PUBLISHED: 12:48 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 20 June 2018

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, visited Havering College's Railway Academy in Harold Hill.

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, visited Havering College's Railway Academy in Harold Hill.

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London's Transport Secretary visited Havering College's Railway Academy to see for himself how British workers are being trained to deliver big rail infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Crossrail.

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, visited Havering College's Railway Academy in Harold Hill.Chris Grayling, transport secretary, visited Havering College's Railway Academy in Harold Hill.

Julia Lopez, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster and Mr Grayling talked to trainees about their past careers and were told how the Academy has turned around the prospects of men of all ages who may have taken a down turn or struggled to secure careers with a long term future.

Mrs Lopez said: “It was fantastic to talk to the trainees about how the Academy has turned their lives around in such a short space of time, furnishing them with the kinds of practical skills that are in high demand and restoring a sense of self-worth that they have long deserved but struggled until now to find.

“The Transport Secretary was really impressed with what he saw, and I hope that this kind of initiative can be rolled out to other areas so that we can provide companies with a steady flow of hard-working, properly trained and enthusiastic British rail workers.”

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