RAIL operator Northern is launching the latest phase of a training programme designed to help the long-term unemployed into work.

Twelve people from across West Yorkshire will be part of the Get Into Rail scheme for three weeks, from August 29.

The cohort will have the chance to shadow workers, and gain qualifications.

At the end of the course, participants are guaranteed an interview for roles advertised by Northern, which runs services on the Airedale line.

Spokesperson Lisa Leighton says: "We’re incredibly proud of our Get Into Rail scheme and the opportunity it offers to people considering a career in the industry.

"It provides valuable experience and the chance to develop job-specific and transferable skills in an environment that recognises ability, not just academic achievement.

"We hope that through the Get Into Rail scheme participants will see for themselves how fulfilling a rail career can be, whilst boosting their CV and employment credentials with some hands-on experience."

Anyone interested in applying for future intakes should speak to their JobCentre work coach.