5 Steps to pursuing a career in the railway industry

A job on the railway is said to be a rewarding career to pursue. When it comes to getting a job on the railway, there are several factors that you need to be aware of, especially if you’re to grow and develop your knowledge and understanding.

Real Skills Training provide Personal Track Safety Training (PTS Courses) to help you to get your dream career started and here’s a brief outline as to what can be expected from our training courses and how to apply:

Step 1 – Do your research

Like anything else, you don’t want to go into a PTS course blind! Before you jump in two feet first, take the time to research what it’s really like to work on the railway.

Our PTS Courses are not for everyone and this is something that we understand at Real Skills, so before applying to take part in our training, make sure that a job on the railway is the right career path for you!

Working for the railway industry is not a walk in the park; you need to be prepared to work in an environment that is challenging and potentially dangerous!

Step 2 – Join a railway recruitment agency

The PTS Courses are available to candidates who have appropriate sponsorship, without a sponsor, we cannot offer you a place on our course!

Sentinel sponsorship is just one pre-requisite of our PTS Courses; so before applying for our training, make sure that you have a suitable sponsor who can book you onto relevant courses. Having a sponsor will mean that you have a Sentinel profile that keeps a record of all of the qualifications that you achieve and can be used in your favour to secure future job opportunities.

Step 3 – Start your induction training

Here at Real Skills, we provide PTS Courses to educate candidates who are keen to get started working on the railway. Our training allows them to understand the basics of track safety, regardless of whether they intend to work on or close to the railway.

The induction training that is included within our PTS Courses is mandatory if you’re to go on and further your career. To make our training valuable, we divide it up into two sections: E Learning and ICI Training Assessment.

E Learning

The first part of the PTS training course is the E Learning module which provides vital information concerning the risks associated with the railway line.

Our E Learning is designed to outline the health and safety standards when working trackside. You can expect this aspect of the course to cover the following:

  • Railway terminology
  • Access to rail infrastructure
  • Hazards affecting personal safety
  • Introduction to Safe Systems of Work
  • The responsibility of the Controller and Site Warden

ICI Assessment

The Industry Common Induction Training is a short online assessment that is to be completed by the candidate (without support from the trainer). Our PTS Courses include this assessment to test candidates knowledge and in order to pass, they need to achieve at least 80%.

Step 4 – Medical, drug and alcohol screening

Anyone who is working trackside cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as this will affect their ability to work safely. Candidates MUST be medically fit if they are to work in such a dangerous environment, otherwise, they could compromise their personal safety, as well as the safety of others.

Drugs and alcohol can impact on a persons judgement and alertness which is a serious problem when working on the railway. With so many things going on at once, workers need to be aware of their surroundings and understand how to respond to hazards.

To make sure that there is no compromise made to safety, a medical screening is essential if you’re to apply for one of our PTS Courses. All medical assessments are to be carried out before we can offer you a place on our training course.

Step 5 – Completing PTS Training

The core aims of our PTS Training are safety awareness and personal safety. We make sure that candidates feel confident to work trackside whilst following standard safety procedures.

To complete Personal Track Safety Training, you need to make sure that you complete the E Learning assessment online, as well as the practical assessment which allows you to put what you learnt in the classroom into practice.

You can learn more about our PTS Courses here, so be sure to find out exactly what you need to know!

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