Over the past 18 months, NTAR has been working with the Rail industry to develop a portfolio of training which will assist Ex-Forces personnel into a second career in the Rail industry. The qualifications allow Ex-Forces to utilise their transferable skills and attributes gained whilst serving, and provide introductory knowledge and practical skill requirements for the maintenance of Traction and Rolling Stock Systems.
Developed by NTAR and accredited by EAL— the specialist employer recognised awarding organisation for engineering manufacturing, building services, and related sectors—the qualifications are eligible for ELCAS funding and are accredited at Level 3.
The journey towards delivering these qualifications began at our Step Into Rail 2017 event which saw NTAR open the door to over 100 Ex-Forces personnel who learnt that their valuable military skills could be transferred into a rail industry career. They delegates were able to attend CV and Strategic Management workshops.
Following the event, the Ex-Forces personnel were given the opportunity to participate in an EAL Level 3 Traction and Rolling Stock Systems pilot, at no cost. The qualification catalyses movement into a second career in the Rail industry, by delivering fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to become a Rail Engineering Traction and Rolling Stock Technician.
Last week, NTAR trainer, Jordan Fuller, piloted the 5 day EAL Level 3 Award in Traction and Rolling Stock Systems with a group of 6 current and ex-service individuals The qualification has a total learning time of 45 hours—of which 40 are guided learning—and comprises of a Traction Systems and Diagnostics Unit.
By the end of the week all learners were able to:
1. Understand different train vehicle types and the major systems used.
2. Understand how schematic drawings are used in diagnosing faults.
3. Understand how train management systems are using diagnosing faults.
In addition to this delivery, on the Friday, Andy Slater, from Clemtech, visited to talk about the opportunities Clemtech had to offer. This final employer focused element allowed the learners to make business connections and gave them the opportunity to think of their next steps outside of the classroom.
Ending the week on a high, the learners had the following feedback:
Jason, “absolutely fantastic week, thoroughly enjoyed it, looking forward to what the rest of the course is going to bring.”
Lee, “being in an environment where everyone wants to learn was great. I’m coming away really positive, Jordan’s (trainer) delivery method was engaging, and everyone is really good.”
Jason, “a great first week, it’s a learning curve and enjoyable.”
David, “an eye opening course. It’s given me new knowledge and the insight into the rail industry has opened up where I can go.”
James, “I’m from an engineering background but rail is clearly investing heavily in the future. It’s exciting as an engineer to potentially work on projects here, I’ll be telling my friends. This facility for training is amazing; it really aids the learning; especially the state of the art computers and virtual reality.”
Ebenezer, “the way Jordan (trainer) was delivering the lessons was really good. There was interaction with everybody, he got everyone involved. He recapped on what we learnt already which was really helpful. Also, the workshop had huge variety and great to get real hands on experience with the real equipment.”
The learners will be returning to NTAR to enhance their knowledge further to complete an EAL Level 3 Certificate in Traction and Rolling Stock Systems.