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Project promises revolution in light rail training

14 Feb 2024

The management of training and development on UK tramways is set to be transformed with the launch of an ambitious sector-wide initiative.

Led by the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board, the project aims to revolutionise learning across the sector and includes the development of an online resource that networks can use to plan and maintain their own training programmes.

 

The centralised learning platform will monitor employee competencies, keep track of required certifications, and help identify the most appropriate training courses. It will also provide a hub for best practice, delivering consistency across the sector while driving even higher standards in all aspects of light rail training.

 

Carl Williams, LRSSB Chief Executive, explained: “By listening to colleagues and key stakeholders, we’ve identified a clear need for a comprehensive Learning Management System that embraces the current and future needs of UK tramways.

 

“As a vital next step, we’re currently planning a series of workshops to ensure the support of HR and training professionals from across the sector.”

 

To help manage the project, which has the backing of the Office of Rail and Road, the LRSSB has expanded its expert team to include Edinburgh Trams Training Manager, Marlene Pearson.

 

Having successfully delivered a similar system at a network level, Marlene is working with the organisation to help develop a scaled-up platform for the entire sector while on a part-time secondment to the LRSSB.

 

“I am excited to be part of this initiative and fully appreciate how this can support the sector as we continue to advance and explore the use of technology within light rail. I believe that, with the help of the sector, the LRSSB is perfectly placed to achieve this,” Marlene said.

 

Carl Williams added: “Marlene’s skills, knowledge and experience are already proving invaluable as we work towards the delivery of what promises to be an essential tool for standardising competences across key roles within light rail, identifying any skills gaps, and providing another major boost for sector safety.”

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