Training for rail workers needs urgent improvement

first_imgTraining for rail workers needs urgent improvementOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Trainingfor people working in the rail industry urgently needs to be improved,according to Lifelong Learning minister Malcolm Wicks.In aletter to the chairman of the shadow Strategic Rail Authority Alastair Morton,Wicks expressed concern that “pitifully few” rail employees gain nationallyrecognised qualifications and suggests that clear training and skills targetsbe built into the franchises of the train operating companies.Wicks saidthat in the four years to June 2000, only 24 NVQs were awarded to traindrivers.ButBeverley Shears, HR director of South West Trains, claims that most traincompanies do have a commitment to developing the transferable skills of their staff.She said, “We already have the philosophy that, where we can, we will gettraining externally validated.”South WestTrains does offer management and customer service NVQs that involvetransferable skills but NVQs for guards and on-train services are job-specific.She added that the company launched open learning centres last year to allowemployees to learn languages or gain GCSEs.She said,“I suspect what [the Government] is looking for is more visible confirmationthat the good training that is going on is of a national standard. But thereare some things that are specific to the rail industry.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more