All of the participants who took part were given the underpinning knowledge to help them start their journey into rail through a Rail Apprenticeship or by acquiring the individual competencies required to work on the rail infrastructure, i.e. Personal Track Safety course with Track Induction, Industry Common Induction, DCCR et al.
Location: Severn Valley Railway Heritage Site
INFRA Skills Ltd, and its sister company RSS Infrastructure alongside the British Armed Forces, provided both local College students and Job Seekers with a taste of the kind of occupations that they can expect if they were to start a career within the Rail Industry.
Key members of the Track Warning Systems team provided first-hand knowledge on the benefits of both the Magnetic Barrier Fencing and the Automatic Track Warning system (ATWS) as well as training on how to set up the industry-leading safety technology.
The INFRA Skills Trainers and Army Lieutenants helped to encourage the learners to develop their lateral thinking, team-building and communication skills. In order to achieve this ATS and RSS setup a series of different tasks which asked the learners to mark the safe area on track using the Magnetic Barrier Fencing within 3 minutes by attaching the easy-to-use magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, as well as quickly dismantling the apparatus in order to hand-back possession. The second part of the task was to deploy the ATWS system so that it automatically detects on-coming trains and provides workers with sufficient time to get into the safe area.
The learners expressed how they had improved a number of their personal attributes that enabled them to interact effectively and ultimately allowed them to become a more productive member of the team, thus providing them with those essential skills required for the workplace.