Train operators are being encouraged to pilot the latest driver training course, and help validate research findings which could ultimately help increase the appeal of the profession and fill critical skills gaps.
The course has already been trialled by Southeastern, with other operators now also looking at trials.
The research explored the use of blended learning techniques to improve knowledge and skills retention. Using latest technology, a virtual learning environment, and a broader appreciation of adult learning styles, the course uses a revised approach to training drivers that satisfied the general professional knowledge requirements in the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010.
RSSB's Professional Head of Rail Operations, Gary Portsmouth said, Properly trained drivers are essential to running our railway, yet the approach to training hadn't been reviewed in 30 years. In that time, technology has significantly changed the way people learn. The rail industry needs more drivers, but we do need to break down some stereotypes, and we hope this new course will help broaden the appeal to people who may not automatically think of railways as a career path for them.
For more information about the pilots, take a look at our flyer.