Good Practice Guide on Competence Development

The Competence Development good practice guide (RS100) provides practical advice about managing and contributing to competence development activities.

The guide also provides the tools needed to develop effective and comprehensive competence management systems as dictated by business and individual needs.

All GB rail industry transport operators are required by law to make provisions within their safety management system to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the competence of all safety-critical staff under their control is developed and maintained to a minimum standard of safety.

RS100 – pulling it together

RS100 pulls together and updates good practice on competence development. Previously existing knowledge was mostly driver-related, and repeated across other documents. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of competence development and replaces the previous documents. This reflects the latest developments and thinking around how to ensure staff competence. It acts as a reference manual by pulling together:

  • The theory and background provided in earlier RSSB guides.
  • Evidence-based research findings that highlight the practical element.
  • Details of technology and other media that support the implementation of innovative concepts.
  • Case studies, from within and beyond the railway, that show how different companies have adopted training and competence development approaches to suit their own needs.
  • Links and signposts to practical tools and further information.

RS100 will support you in effectively managing useful, practical, and appropriate competence development activities.

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