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GoSkills unveils its priorities for the rail industry

Bringing added value to businesses in the rail industry and improving the supply of tailored qualifications and training are to be top priorities for GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, according to its newly-appointed Head of Rail Skills, Kevin Marchand.

Describing his ambitions for GoSkills Mr Marchand said: "Supporting the rail industry through delivering tangible bottom line results, connected to improved efficiency and retention of staff, will be our guiding principle.

“I am conscious of the fact that the rail industry has seen initiatives come and go and has a healthy scepticism for these types of programme. However, GoSkills is an employer-led organisation with direct connections to its sector and we will consult, listen, research and act to provide products, services and influence on funding that will show we mean business."

Mr Marchand's appointment was announced earlier this week by Peter Huntington, GoSkills' Chief Executive, at the Recruitment and Retention in Rail conference held in London. Addressing delegates he said: "GoSkills has only recently taken responsibility for skills development in the passenger carrying aspect of rail, but we have already made significant strides in engaging with employers and other interested parties. Kevin Marchand's appointment will help us accelerate the process and demonstrates our commitment to the industry"

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