Rail giants turn to University of Derby Corporate to keep training on track

13 March 2014

University of Derby Corporate

We work closely with employers to deliver practical learning that is firmly applied to the individual and the role that they perform, and which will have a positive impact on their organisational objectives.

Andy Dowling, Business Development Manager at University of Derby Corporate

Two rail industry giants are to be given the very best in skills development by University of Derby Corporate (UDC).

Both Network Rail and Signalling Solutions have chosen UDC to provide innovative development programmes which are being tailored to the specific culture and operating procedures of each company.

Rail is a key part of British industry, employing 190,000 people and, with 20,000 miles of track to maintain as well as the onset of HS2 and Crossrail 2, organisations are looking to develop higher-level skills in their workforce.

UDC's experts will deliver 'overhead contact system' training to technician-level employees at Network Rail's high speed division and will help them to understand the fundamentals of the Overhead Line Equipment (OHLE) and how it operates both mechanically and electrically.

The programme, which will ensure learners improve how they do their job and help them understand why they do it, is being delivered at Network Rail (High Speed) offices in Gravesend, Kent.

Meanwhile, UDC will develop a bespoke graduate development programme that leads to a masters' degree in management and leadership for recent graduates at Signalling Solutions - viewed as future leaders of the business.

The programme covers the latest management and leadership concepts as well as technically-specific modules that relate to Signalling Solutions practices.

The part-time work based programme is being delivered through a combination of face-to-face sessions and online study through UDC's e-learning portal.

Andy Dowling, Business Development Manager at UDC, said: "We are helping more and more employers in the rail industry to develop the higher-level skills in their staff through bespoke work-based learning programmes.

"We work closely with employers to deliver practical learning that is firmly applied to the individual and the role that they perform, and which will have a positive impact on their organisational objectives.

"These contracts are great examples of how we work to support our clients in delivering award-winning learning and development solutions, from listening to their needs and developing the programme, to creating accessible online platforms to support learning."

Dave Benson, Overhead Contact System Maintenance Engineer at Network Rail (High Speed), said: "We approached UDC to develop a bespoke programme because, as a European-designed high speed overhead contact system, it has proved difficult to obtain a theory-based programme within the UK.

"We now hope to create a more knowledgeable, better-informed and better-engaged maintenance team as well as assist in the training and development of future employees."

Orla O'Connor, Resourcing Manager at Signalling Solutions, added: "With an increase in our graduate intake we wanted a bespoke programme for our graduates. UDC was able to support this with a programme that worked for us and promoted the growth of our company.

"The outcome of the programme is to provide professional development with leadership, strategic thinking, relationship building and lots more to enhance the development journey within Signalling Solutions."

University of Derby Corporate will be at Infrarail 2014 - the 10th international railway infrastructure exhibition - at Earls Court on stand B03 from May 20-22 for anyone who would like to find out more. Further information is available at www.derby.ac.uk/corporate

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