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New Venture for Ironman Andy

4th January 2012

Andy Ridout has launched Advance Training and Recruitment Services, a Link Up approved recruitment company specialising in railway engineering and construction.

The move marks the high point of Andy’s fifteen-year career in the industry, including ten years as Director for a leading rail recruitment company.

He is now using his wealth of experience to place candidates into Engineering, Management and project Services roles, both contract and permanent, across all major rail disciplines.

Andy said: “I’ve always loved working in rail recruitment. I enjoy dealing with candidates directly and have developed an in-depth market knowledge, I believe an applicant’s chances of success increase dramatically if their recruiter has extensive experience and a thorough understanding of the industry.”

Andy went on to say; “At Advance-TRS our knowledge and experience isn’t promoted up and out of the candidate’s reach, but right on the front line where it’s needed most.”

The philosophy is proving a success, with the company having placed over 30 candidates into permanent positions in its first ten weeks and appearing on the preferred supply lists of seven respected rail organisations.

“We’re already seeing some cracking results,” added Andy.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our success into the New Year by growing our team and getting more candidates into the jobs they deserve.”

Andy believes, despite the nation’s gloomy employment figures, that 2012 will be an exciting year for those working in the rail industry.

“There are some huge projects coming up, including the MAFA frameworks, London Underground’s SSR project and Network Rail’s centralisation to Milton Keynes, not to mention the Olympics, these will create a host of new opportunities. The upshot is, if you’re getting bored and starting to wonder what else is out there, now could be the perfect time to do something about it.”

Starting a new company may seem like a brave move, but then Andy has never been one to shy away from a challenge.

As well as having run five marathons since 2003, Andy completed the Barcelona Ironman race in 2009 and has now begun training for an exceptionally tough challenge; The Horseman Ironman, in 2013.

Andy is inviting anyone to get in touch and find out what Advance-TRS can offer. For information on Advance-TRS services or to discuss your requirements call 01483 361 061 or email